Tool Review Tuesday: Clover Hot Ruler
5.17.2016

Tool Review Tuesday!

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.


Featured Tool: Hot Ruler by Clover, Item #82301

Connecting Threads Reviewer: Judy

Hot Ruler by Clover

What is this typically used for?

This tool is used to accurately press hems for anything! You can use it for anything that has a straight edge and is turned up–just press and sew.

What was your first impression of the hot ruler?

I used to use something like this for sewing clothes. Can this be used for quilting?? (Spoiler:  YES!!)

What was your experience with them like?

Perfect! I used it to turn up a 1/4″ hem and then a 1/2″ hem on a tea towel that was looking pretty wonky before I used this. Next, I used it to turn up the seam I was going to sew on a pillowcase, first 1/4″ and then 1″. I didn’t even have to use pins! No more wavy, uneven edges and I didn’t burn my fingers trying to hold the area I wanted to turn up and press.

How long did it take you to learn how to use it?

Maybe five seconds.

What did you like best?

I like that the ruler itself doesn’t get hot. The old metal rulers for turning up hems tend to sweat, slip, and get too hot to touch.

Could you see another potential use?

The hot ruler could be used for any type of sewing–strips, straps, handles on bags, pillowcases, large mitered corners, hems on clothes, curtains…anything you want to turn up that has a straight edge.

Who would appreciate a hot ruler the most?

These are perfect for:

  • Beginner, intermediate, and expert quilters
  • Anyone acquiring the essential quilting tools

Okay, so I bought one–what if I want more help on putting it to use?

Clover has a great instructional video about the hot ruler HERE

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6 comments

  1. Joy - May 17, 2016

    Sounds wonderful. ????

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  2. Linda Christianson - May 18, 2016

    The hot ruler might come in handy to make the backing fabric making the binding that wrap around to the front for place mats. We have been talking about quilts using the Trex ruler . CT does have the 60* but not the sides templates. I also notice you do not carry Marty Mitchell or small sets. which come in handy for using up scrapes. I try to waste nothing and really into Mary Jane quilts. I just ordered from Zlazr.com some hearts and hexagons to use with my longarm. Very nice quality product. I would like to hear about things to help me finish my quilt and give it texture and interest. I look at that big 10″ block and say what now? I am often tried of the whole quilt when I should be giving the quilt even more fun interest.

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    • Hayley - May 19, 2016

      Thanks for the feedback, Linda. We’ll do our best in finding tools that help add interest to a finished quilt!

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  3. Patricia Cash - May 19, 2016

    Had one of the old metal ones, ugh. Will look into this, thanks.

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  4. Linda Christianson - May 20, 2016

    I got to thinking about this ruler. I bought some strips to help cut strips I was also told I could use heat, that was 35 years ago. Still have the strips and the one used with heat that curled. Interesting that maybe what was hope for 35 years ago has been made. Wish the cost of it was bit better. So I might buy it when it is 40% off or more. It could end up in the drawer, so not on the top of my list. I want to thank you again for talking about tools. It is unreal what seams to end up in the drawer. I also want to thank CT for the great pictures and pictures that come with their kits. It really helps me decide if I would want to make the kit. I really have not made too many like the kits, but I have used the fabric in my own pattern choice. I have really enjoyed the weekly download and made couple of them this year. Need to finish them and take pictures. Thanks to everyone again.

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    • Hayley - May 23, 2016

      Thank you for the kind words, Linda!

      Reply

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