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Make Following Patterns Easier Using the Perfect4Pattern Set & Your Acrylic Rulers

Square up your fabric
the Super Easy Way.

Cut faster & more accurately without straining your eyes, hands, arms & shoulders.

Sew perfect scant ¼" seams
& get sharp, pointy points.

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Quilt Ruler Connector

Square Up Accurately

Make a corner sqaure and square up the Super Easy Way.

 

Quilt Ruler Upgrade Kit

Cut Accurately

Mistake-Proof & Slip-Proof
both your 12" and 24" rulers.

 

Prep-Tool & 6-Pack Seam Guides

Sew Accurately

Set the Seam Guide
at a precise Scant 1/4".

 

Square Up Your Fabric 101

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Go with the grain for perfect piecing.
Fabric is much easier to work with if you pay attention to the grain.

Fabric comes on a bolt folded once with the selvedges together.
If you unfold it, it will be about 44” - 45” wide.

Hold a piece of fabric right below the selvedge edge.

First, stretch right below parallel to the edge:

Then, move one hand down a little and stretch again:

The first step in any successful quilt project is squaring up.

To square it up, the goal is to cut just inside one raw edge of the fabric,
so that the newly cut edge is aligned with the crosswise grain line of the fabric.

Folding Fabric 101: Leave it folded once in 2 layers or
fold it twice into 4 layers: That is the question.

To trim off the raw edge, the fabric will need to be folded at least once, so it’s about 22” wide, and you can use a 24” ruler to cut across the full width of fabric.

Some quilters fold it twice to four layers, so it’s about 11” wide, and they can use just one 12” ruler.

Either Way, the goal is to fold it precisely so that the grain line on all the layers of fabric are perfectly aligned with each other.

Pick the fabric up holding it just by the selvedge edges. If the grain on both layers is aligned, the fabric will drape smoothly.

If the grain is out of alignment, the fabric will twist a little and not hang smoothly. You can adjust the top layer back and forth against the bottom layer until you eliminate any twists in the fabric. Once you get the fabric to hang smoothly, keep the selvedge edges aligned, lay it on your cutting mat and finger press the folded edge.

You can fold the fabric again by aligning the folded edge with the selvedge edges.

Some quilters do this but if you don’t get all four layers aligned accurately, your strips will come out with a slight “V” like the image on the left and will be unusable.

After Folding Your Fabric, Square It Up the Super Easy Way.

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Squaring up is much easier when your ruler doesn't slip.

Peel & Stick Grip Strips Included in the Upgrade Kit on Your 12" & 24" Rulers:

Peel crystal clear Grip Strips (11¾” long) off the brown backing paper.

Kit includes six 11¾” Grip Strips.

1) Slide the Connector up to one edge of your 12" ruler, so iit's butted up against the black alignment tabs & Lip Edge.  

2) Slide your 24" ruler against the edge of your 12" ruler & the edge of the Connector. Then press down on the suction cups.

3) Align a line on your 12” ruler with the folded edge.

4) Hold your 24" ruler in place, and grab the end of your 12" ruler & pull up to remove it and the Connector together.

5) Your 24" ruler will be aligned with the grain line of the fabric as you trim off the raw edge.

6) The newly squared up edge will be on the same side of the fabric that you'll start cutting strips from in the next step.

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Next, Upgrade Your Rulers for Faster, More Accurate Cutting.

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Peel & Stick Grip Strips Included in the Upgrade Kit on Your 12" & 24" Rulers:

Peel crystal clear Grip Strips (11¾” long) off the brown backing paper.

Kit includes six 11¾” Grip Strips.

Guide Lock Strips keep the long, 24” Fabric Guide, from shifting in the middle no matter how much fabric you butt it up against. They are special textured strips that are paper thin.

Attach them underneath your 24” ruler, and the 24” Fabric Guide will stay perfectly straight on the line you set it to no matter how much fabric you line up to.

If you get a new 24” ruler or have more than one to begin with, you can get extra Guide Lock Strips here.

The Fabric Guides include, built-in super tough stretchy bands.

They ensure the Fabric Guides line up straight on the measurement line you want, down the full length of the ruler.

2) Stretch the Guide and slide the other hook straight onto the other end of the ruler.

1) Slide one hook onto one end of your ruler.

3) Once attached, you can slide the Guide to the measurement line you want.

The stretchy bands will ensure that the guides line up straight down the full length of the ruler.

Grip Strips and Fabric Guides are the same thickness.

With Grip Strips on your ruler, everything will be level
and just a little pressure will lock your ruler in place while cutting.

Finally, Sew the Pieces Together Accurately.

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There are two things that matter when
sewing your pieces together into blocks:

  • Consistency - To have your blocks come out perfectly square and lay flat, you need to sew all the pieces together with the same width of seam allowance.
  • Accuracy - To have your blocks come out the right size, the width of your seam allowance should be a Scant ¼”.

A Scant ¼” is just slightly less than a full ¼” & the reason
it matters in quilt piecing is actually pretty simple.

The thread and fold in a seam have some width. To compensate for that, you sew slightly less than a full ¼”, so your finished seams actually come out measuring a full ¼”.

That way, all the pieces and the finished blocks come out measuring the exact sizes a pattern gives.


See how sewing a scant ¼" helps you get
nice pointy points in blocks like these.

Use the Prep-Tool to align the Seam Guide
to sew accurate Scant ¼" Seam Allowances.

The goal is to stick the Seam Guide in front of the presser foot of your sewing machine to help guide your fabric before it goes under the needle.

The Prep-Tool makes it easy to align the Seam Guide so it's a Scant ¼” to the right of the needle.

Guiding your fabric against the edge of the Seam Guide makes it much easier to sew consistently, accurate Scant ¼” seam allowances.

Every Perfect4Pattern Set comes with a Prep-Tool that is a Scant ¼” wide and peel & stick Seam Guides with removable, reusable adhesive.
 


How to use the Prep-Tool to align the Seam Guide
at a Scant ¼” on your sewing machine.

Butt the Prep-Tool up against the needle of your sewing machine on the side with the gold lip edges. Peel the paper off the Seam Guide and butt it up against the other side of the Prep-Tool and stick it down in front of your presser foot.

Remove the Prep-Tool and guide your fabric against the Seam Guide for accurate Scant 1/4" seam allowances.

Butt the gold lip edges of the Prep-Tool up to the edge of the fabric, and you should see the line of stitching right along its edge.

If it's inside the edge, you need to adjust the Seam Guide farther away from the needle.

If it's outside the edge, you need to adjust the Seam Guide closer to the needle.

The Prep-Tool takes the guesswork out of marking precise seam lines.

Patterns often tell you to stop a ¼” from the edge of the fabric. What they really mean is stop right at the seam line, which is a scant ¼”. That’s the secret to sharp mitered binding corners and precise set in seams.


The Prep-Tool also takes the guesswork out of accurately pre-trimming triangle points.