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
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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