The Quilter’s Slidelock Review
For those of you who follow us, I have a great announcement to make. The Quilters Slidelock is now available once again, after having been unavailable for some time. So this is great news.
This is one quilting tool that I use again and again it’s the Quilter’s Slidelock. After my quilting ruler, mat and rotary cutter, it’s the next in line for the most used item in my craft room. After many years of use, it is still going strong.
What is the Quilter’s Slidelock?
Basically, the Quilter’s Slidelock is a tool that helps you more accurately AND more safely cut fabric for quilting.
- The Quilter’s Slidelock basically works by applying pressure to your fabric so it keeps everything in place without the slipping that you can potentially get with a regular ruler. All you do is put pressure on the handle at the top (and it doesn’t have to be a lot of pressure) and then cut.
You can see the suction cups on the bottom of Slidelock in the image below.
Watch the video to see it in action
Where Can You Get the Quilter’s Slidelock?
- You can now purchase one from the Fallon at Sew Be It Quilts
What’s so good about it?
- So let’s take a look at what makes this a must-have in your craft room. Personally I love it but just saying I love it doesn’t make for a good review so here are some real benefits.
1. Accuracy of cuts
- When you use your regular quilting ruler you know that it can easily slip if you don’t apply enough pressure. Even then it still has the potential to slip slightly. What this means is that you potentially end up with fabric that is not cut accurately. Even small discrepancies can result in quilt blocks not working out correctly or strips not looking right when sewn.
- With the Quilter’s Slidelock you don’t get that slippage. The Slidelock is kept solid on the cutting mat so I know that my fabric is going to be straight every time I cut it. It really does help with getting a more accurate cut especially when it comes to cutting strips.
2. Extremely reduced chance of cutting fingers
- When you use the Quilter’s Slidelock, your fingers are kept well above the ruler’s edge, so it ensures that you won’t be slicing through your fingers which can happen with a regular ruler. Your fingers are kept nice and safe well out of harms way.
3. Less pressure is needed
- You know yourself how much pressure you need to place on your quilting ruler to ensure it doesn’t slip. Unless it has non-slip grips applied to it, it’s a lot of pressure.
- With the Quilter’s Slidelock you don’t need to apply much pressure at all so there is a lot less strain to your body. You can see in the image above that I have only applied two fingers and my thumb to the Slidelock. That is all that is needed. You can watch the video above to see it in action.
Is it a Ruler?
- Some people think this is a ruler and are disappointed when it arrives and there are no measurements on it. It’s only a ruler in the sense that it has a straight edge that you can use to cut.
The best way to see it in action is to watch the video above to see how it all works.
What Sizes Does the Quilter’s Slidelock Come In?
- The current Slidelock available measures 24″.
Previously it was also available in a 14″ which I find really handy for those fiddly bits of fabric used in quilting. I actually purchased both sizes at the time but I do find myself using the longer one more often.
So there you go. This is my updated Quilter’s Slidelock review. My two are still going strong and quite frankly I couldn’t do without them.
lois silva says
i have these rulers, but one of them has lost COUPLE OF SUCTION CUPS. where can i get replacement parts for the ruler
Alanda Craft says
You might need to contact the company directly on this one. However, I just noticed that their website is no longer working. It could be just a temporary glitch but I will put the link here regardless: https://quiltersslidelock.com/
I am the new owner of the Quilter’s Slidelock patent and have started reselling them in the United States. If you live in the US, please email me and I can send you some new parts for your Slidelock.
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Alanda Craft says
Thank you for responding to Lois, Matthew. We get a lot of questions about the Quilters Slidelock and it’s one of the products that we use constantly. It was such a shame when it was no longer available, so I happy to hear that you have taken over the franchise.
I have the small and large Quilter’s Slidelock. I am a two ruler cutter…(right handed). I cut from right to left. I measure with a ruler for measure, and use the Slidelock on the left and cut against it’s right edge. The “ruler” is magnificent quality and improves accuracy and safety. I would not be without it. Also with the longer ruler, you don’t have to employ cobbling methods for other width of rulers that are wide enough for your measure but not long enough. This is long enough…so use your ruler that is wide enough and check the measure across the length of fabric.
The smaller ruler is great if you are double folding WOF or working with fat quarters. Longer is perfect for WOF cuts. I would not part with either. Both are handy on my cutting table.
The ruler would be GREATLY improved (and I emailed them)–and it is my only beef, if the put registration lines perpendicular so that you could ensure that the ruler is perpendicular to fabric by lining up a bottom edge. You cannot use the bottom or top edge for this.
Though an investment (they are not inexpensive), they are a lifelong product (and you don’t can get better use out of your width of measure rulers such as 12″ square ups) that don’t have the length for cutting.
Rabidly affirmative review–and I don’t do that for many quilting tools.
Alanda Craft says
Great review Leisa. We love using them too. Unfortunately, I think the company have closed up shop. Can’t access their website anymore. So glad we got ours when we could.