How do I quilt with rulers on my sewing machine?
You must have what is referred to as a Ruler Foot for your machine. This foot is round with a high edge to allow quilting rulers to slide along the foot as you quilt, using the ruler to guide the shape of the line of stitching. A regular free motion quilting foot is not sufficient as the ruler could easily slip over or under the machine foot and under the needle. This will certainly break the needle and may throw the machine out of time, requiring a trip to the service tech. A ruler foot is typically 1/2 inch in diameter with at least 1/4 high sides.
Where do I find a ruler foot for my machine?
Janome is the first sewing machine company to have a ruler foot for it's domestic sewing machines. We sell this Janome Ruler Foot combination here and many other quilters have used the Janome version on their different brands of sewing machine. It is important to match up the machine shank type when doing so.
As the interest in quilting with rulers grew, an enterprising company in Australia created their own version of a ruler foot. The Westalee Ruler Foot Set is sold here and has a version to fit nearly every brand and model of machine, including Bernina with the use of the #77 shank adapter and the low shank Westalee foot.
Many sit down long arm and mid arm machines already have ruler feet available for their machines. Check with your dealer. Bernina now has a ruler foot for their newer machines.
Do I need a high shank, low shank or other foot for my machine?
Other Pfaff models use the Low Shank Foot.
Westalee High Shank Special Foot:
Pfaff 1200 Grand Quilter, Husqvarna Mega Quilter, Brother PQ1300 PQ1300 PQ1500S, Janome 1600P 1600P-DB 1600-QC, Singer 2OU 31-15, Babylock BLQP BL500A, JUKI DDL-227 DDL-555 DDL-8700 TL-98E TL-98P TL-98QE TL2000Qi TL2010.
Why don't you carry the 3 mm rulers from Westalee?
See the above paragraph. Additionally, this is a small home based business and I can't possibly stock everything from the get-go. Will this change eventually? Maybe. We do carry 3mm Westalee rulers in the items that we feel need to be used often behind the foot.
Why don't you have more of the Westalee line of rulers?
Again, this is a small home based business and their product selection is great. I do carry the templates that find to be the most versatile and useful. It is amazing how many designs can be made from just basic rulers. We can special order anything from their line for you!
Where can I find more information about quilting with rulers?
I'm glad you asked. Visit our blog Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures for all kinds of free information primarily about quilting with rulers and free motion quilting in general.
Additionally, Amy teaches a class on ruler work at Craftsy. This class, Quilting with Rulers on a Home machine goes into great detail about ruler feet, rulers and templates, and designs with rulers. The Craftsy class platform allows you access to a forum to post questions to me and share your projects, plus you can read the questions asked and answers received by previous students. (There are links on our home page for 50% off Amy's classes.
Also visit the "About Us" page for links to more information about ruler work.
I've read the suggested information, but still have a question. Will you help me?
You bet! That's what I'm here for. Shoot me an email by clicking on this link Amy AT amysquiltingadventures DOT com or by entering the information in your email program, changing out the AT and DOT.