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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Fiskars Patchwork Quilting Ruler 15 x 60 cm.

Fiskars Patchwork ruler 15 x 60 cm

Fiskars Patchwork ruler 15 x 60 cm

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Fiskars
  • Item number:
  • RRP at time of writing: Under £17 delivered

Quote from Amazon

  • MARKED IN CMS ONLY .Transparent Ruler ideal for cutting
  • shapes square triangle rectangle and strips etc. for quilting and patchwork
  • highlighted 1cm seam allowance
  • angles clearly marked 30 45 and 60 degrees
  • includes non slip pads ,

Reason For Buying

Recently I have started sewing, well dressmaking with a sewing machine (haven’t the dexterity for hand sewing!!!!). I had a look at commercial patterns and not only were they confusing but also the same problem about being in-between sizes happened with patterns. If I was going to have to learn how to and re draw every pattern I chose, I decided it would be easier to just draft my own from scratch.

After joining a sewing forum and getting tips on what books were best to learn the topic I was also advised to get a LONG ruler, a 15 x 60 cm one. I already have a large square Fiskars ruler and having been happy with it, decided to try their longer version too.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Lines are printed in black making them clear and easy to read
  • Several options for numbering; one side includes a 1cm seam allowance the other doesn’t. Make sure you are reading the side of the ruler you mean too or your sizing may be off
  • Numbers are clear but surrounded by a coloured dot
  • There is a cut away area on the ruler which means you can hang it up to store if you wish too.
  • There are non slip feet stickers included in the pack, its nice you have the option to choose weather or not you want them on the ruler.
  • Seam allowance area is highlighted so you can quickly see which area of the ruler you are on
  • If you wish to cut at an angle these are marked on the ruler at 30, 45 and 60 degrees
  • cms have solid line and half centimeters are marked on the rulers with a broken line.
Fiskars ruler 15 x 60 cm

Fiskars ruler 15 x 60 cm

Cons

  • Be a bit careful if you are using the ruler to help you alter patterns or drafting with the ruler, the cut out to allow hanging can snag on pins or your paper as you move the ruler around. Its FINE you just need to be aware of the fact and lift the ruler rather than slide it if you are near papers edge or near pins.

Build Quality

Superb, a very sturdy plastic. Numbers and lines printed clearly and easy to read.

Fiskars ruler 15 x 60 cm

Fiskars ruler 15 x 60 cm

Value for Money

Excellent, not cheap, cheap but well worth the asking price for the build quality.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, highly recommend it to all

Summing up

These Fiskar rulers are excellent, I love my 30 x 30 cm square one and it works well in combination with this 15 x 60 cm one. So far I’m using them for pattern drafting, but after watching a few quilting shows I could be tempted into trying quilting at a later date.

There are a lot of different rulers on the market for this purpose, some are metric some imperial so you will have plenty of options to choose from. Like buying a car, we all have different reasons for buying one and our needs will vary. Try to see a few different brands in person if possible or at least on close up photos. I used You Tube to see if anyone was posting reviews or tutorials using these kinds of rulers to get a closer look at them. Bear in mind also that different countries may also have different branding colours/options so not all will be available in every country.

Links

Here are a couple of useful links for more information about these rulers, first from the makers at Fiskars and also where to buy them on Amazon UK

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This review is for one of Fiskars scissors in the Softouch range. The one’s I am reviewing today are;

Softouch Micro-Tip Scissors #9921

Fiskars Softouch Micro Tipped Scissors

Fiskars Softouch Micro Tipped Scissors

 

Advantages

  • They are compact, 155 mm in length tip to tail
  • Small size useful for detail work, blade length 48 mm
  • They are light in the hand. They weigh in at 36g
  • The scissors natural position is open, you use your hand strength to close them to cut, open your hand and they open with your hand. Essentially they open as far as your own hands do
  • Can be used by left or right handed people
  • Softouch handles. Rubber grip handles are smooth yet give the comfortable grip they advertise
  • Easy to store, they close to a smaller area than taken by regular scissors, 47mm at their widest point
  • They would be good if you go to classes as they won’t take up much space in your box
  • They have a silky smooth, very clean cut
  • The orange slider holds the scissors closed
  • The handle style is a good idea if you have difficulties with ‘normal’ scissors, for whatever reason, especially because you use your entire hand to operate the opening/closing of the scissors to cut, not just thumb and finger

 

Disadvantages

  • I find the spring that controls the opening of the handles a bit strong. (See *)
  • If allowed to open fully, without holding them the open handle span is 8.5cm. I have small hands and this is a bit wide for me.
  • Narrow handles the width of the handle is 11 mm, good for small hands but not so easy to handle with limited dexterity.
  • Their compact nature means that the orange slider to keep the scissors closed gets in the way a bit in use
  • The shortness of the handles tends to make me pinch my palm as I close the blades, you can solve this by holding the scissors lower down the handles rather than close to the top, but my limited dexterity mean I needed to hold them near their wider shoulder area.
  • The blades could have done with a cover as the tip is pointed and very sharp, if you are searching for something in your box and find these tip first OUCH!

All this is a personal opinion based on how I found these scissors in use. It is a matter of personal preference in all these matters.
*Please bear in mind that I have R.S.I issues, so my hands are weak. Items I have issues with, those without such problems would not necessarily find difficult.

Links

This link will take you to the Softouch range on Fiskars manufacturing site www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/s_softouch.aspx

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Here is my review of the Fiskars brand of scissors in their Softouch range. The one’s I am reviewing today are;

Fiskars Softouch Scissors

Fiskars Softouch Scissors

 

Softouch No 8 Scissors

Advantages

  • Size 265 mm in length tip to tail
  • Great for longer cuts, blade length 95 mm
  • They are light in the hand. They weigh in at 127g
  • The scissors natural position is open, you use your hand strength to close them to cut, open your hand and they open with your hand. Essentially they open as far as your own hands do
  • Can be used by left or right handed people
  • Softouch handles. Rubber grip handles are smooth yet give the comfortable grip they advertise
  • Easy to store, they close to a smaller area than taken by regular scissors, 65mm at their widest point
  • They would be good if you go to classes as they won’t take up much space in your box
  • They have a super silky smooth, very clean cut
  • The orange slider holds the scissors closed
  • The handle style is a good idea if you have difficulties with ‘normal’ scissors, for whatever reason, especially because you use your entire hand to operate the opening/closing of the scissors to cut, not just thumb and finger.

  • The lower handle has a large ‘gap’,  it looks like a wrap around handle but there is plenty of room for larger hands to use but isn’t difficult for those of us (like me) who have little hands.

 

Fiskars Softouch Scissors Closed

Fiskars Softouch Scissors Closed

  • Ergonomic handles very comfortable
  • I have weak hands and can still manage to cut card up to the cereal box card weight without problems. I cannot do this with normal scissors

 

Disadvantages

Haven’t found any yet I love these scissors, they do everything expected and they do it well.
All this is a personal opinion based on how I found these scissors in use. It is a matter of personal preference in all these matters.
*Please bear in mind that I have R.S.I issues, so my hands are weak. Items I have issues with, those without such problems would not necessarily find difficult.

 

Links

This link will take you to the Softouch range on Fiskars manufacturing site www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/s_softouch.aspx
Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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