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I have an FIDM grading ruler and don’t know how to use it and I’ve only found one article that mentions it. Does anyone know how to use it or where I can find information on how to? Thanks!


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    May 19, 2011, 04.02 PMby katexxxxxx

    Go back to Winifred! Or any other decent drafting book: there will be instructions on grading for commercial pattern making in there somewhere…

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    May 20, 2011, 09.11 PMby bjr99

    If you find the instructions on how to use it could you please post them or the source?! Thanks!!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 09.27 PMby seemane

    As I understand, it’s used in a pattern shifting technique of grading, and can be used conjunction with this book (the author also works for/at FIDM I believe?): ‘The Essentials of Pattern Grading’. (This is the publisher’s site with details of that book, it’s a handy site ‘cos you can preview quite a few pages from the books without having to buy them). Now, all I need is the FIDM Ruler itself to go with the grading book grrrr – it’s so hard to get hold of it from the US. The FIDM people want you to fax/email them your credit-card details BEFORE they’ll tell you how much shipping to the UK is – like that’s a very secure financial thing to do (NOT!).

    The ruler also gets a v. brief mention in this article by Threads Magazine: Making Sense of Pattern Grading Quote: “Pattern shifting: Pattern shifting is the process of increasing the overall dimensions of a pattern by moving it a measured dis-tance up and down and left and right, (using a specially designed ruler) and redrawing the outline, to produce the same results as the cut-and-spread method.”

    So, ironically for me I own the book – but cannot get hold of the ruler. Good luck with yor hunt for information – I hope it works out :)

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    Apr 3, 2013, 07.05 PMby Stephanie James

    Winifred Aldrich is probably the best source for this.

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