Ruler feet have high profiles, enabling you to stitch right along the edge of any quilting ruler that is between 1/4″ and 3/8″ thick, which gives you very uniform quilting lines. This works particularly well with straight lines and uniform shapes.
(Warning: don’t try this technique with your rotary cutting rulers—they can slide right under the foot while stitching, resulting in an expensive repair.) You know those quilts you see with perfectly straight lines or perfectly uniform large circles? Well, chances are someone was using a ruler and ruler foot! Lots of piecers also love ruler work because you can achieve precision after just a bit of practice.
You can use a ruler foot to quilt “in-the-ditch” along seams.
Circles are some of my favorite ruler shapes to use because of their versatility. You can play with different sizes to vary the depth of the curves. Use circles to create scallops, or a great “fish-shaped” border, or offset them to make waves. You can also use them to create large clamshell shapes and fill them with free-motion. Clamshells are one of my favorites.
Modern Method of Free Motion Quilting is the Westalee Ruler Foot and Templates! Westalee spent many years designing and Perfecting a Ruler foot that will work on all Domestic Sewing Machines Westalee Rulers are made to work on Domestic Machines and Longarm Machines
There are 3 different common shank types: Low shank, High shank and Slant shank.
2018 will see a new Foot for The Slant Shank Machines
What Ruler Foot do I need and what templates should I purchase?
The low and medium shank Ruler Feet take the low shank templates. The High and High Special Feet take the high shank templates.
High Shank or Low Shank Ruler Foot with slot for height adjustment so that fabrics will not ride up and down with the needle.
WHAT WE NEED
A Sew Steady Table to extend your work surface is essential, without an extension table the rulers and the quilt are not supported and become unsteady. Ruler work must be done on an even surface. The supporting legs are easy to adjust. Free Motion Glide - we have the Sew Slip Slider - this really does make the quilt sandwich move much smoother making quilting so much easier
For Most quilters Machingers Gloves are Essential for Ruler work and Free Motion Quilting. Crosshair Rulers Crosshair New BookCrosshair New Book Threads - most exciting time for Quilters! We are no longer expected to use 100% 40wt Cotton. Threads - now designed for Quilting they are amazing! Polyester variety is incredible, Cotton is also available for high speed quilting machines. Experiment with threads this is a wonderful time our selection has never been greater. Leonie West does not restrict herself to one thread weight in a quilt - she is happy to mix up the weights for different effects. Thread shredding is almost always caused by incorrect needle size for the thread being used. We recommend atall thread stand placed behind your machine- carrying the thread longer distance often prevents problems.
Do not press hard on the template, the template and fabric need to move freely.
Don’t worry about the stitch length when you begin, stitch length comes with practice. *See “Tension For Ruler Work” video on YouTube.
Set your machine to sew a straight stitch with the needle in the center position.
You can free motion quilt by lowering your stitch length to 0 or you can quilt with your feed dogs lowered.
The Ruler Foot should ride gently against the template with you fingers in the region of the Ruler Foot.
*See “Westalee Ruler Foot for Domestic Machines” video on YouTube.
Recommend using Superior Titanium coated Topstitch Needles or Schmetz Chrome Quilting or Topstitch Needles Leonie West uses different size needles - one size does not fit all. She tells us she frequently uses size 75/11 size - we carry all sizes and recommend having a selection.
Medium Foot Pfaff Sewing Machines
When using a Medium Shank Foot for your Pfaff machine, you will need to use either the Spring Free Motion setting for the Expression and Creative range of machines, or put your presser foot into the mezzanine position - free motion position - darning position (refer to your manual).
Bernina Sewing Machines
If you have a Bernina buy a snap-on adapter specifically for Bernina.
Depending on the model you have you will need the old style or new style adapter. We have both
We recommend using the #77 Shank Adaptor (the #75 Shank Adapter is too close to the needle plate, making it difficult to move templates as the shank adaptor presses on the templates).
Bernina have brought out a Bernina Ruler Foot that works perfectly with Westalee Rulers
Great information for the Bernina 72 Foot.
We used the Bernina #72 Foot with our Sew Steady Westalee Low Shank Templates at Bernina University last year and it worked great. You have to turn off the pivot action on the Bernina machine, and you have to adjust the foot to the lowest position. Sew Steady
Jessica at Dream World advised, "One thing I like to share with customers is the Bernina #72 Foot can work with any of our Westalee Design Templates. We used our Low Shank Templates (3mm) with this Foot at Bernina University last year, and they worked quite well. The use of our Low Shank Templates does require the customer turn off the pivot action on their Bernina machine, and adjust the Foot to its lowest position.
We certainly understand many of our customers using Bernina’s #72 Foot have a preference of Template thickness, and we do welcome this when a customer expresses a preference. We see a lot of our High Shank Templates (4.5mm) used with Bernina’s Foot, and while we see some of our Long Arm Templates (6mm) used with the Bernina Foot it may not provide the best visibility of the needle."
Listing some of the Sewing Machines available with Shank Size
Most Modern machines are low shank
Low Shank High Shank Janome MC8900QCP MC9400 7700 6600 9700 8900 1500 Skyline
Babylock Crescendo Babylock Destiny
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.
Slow Down! Watch Leonie West's Videos and take note she works at a slower consistent speed.
Tension—To have the look of good quilting, you should have your top and bottom threads buried in the batting where they connect. If you are seeing the bobbin thread on the top of your quilt, the top tension is too high, so lower it. If you are seeing the top thread on the back of your quilt, your top tension is too low, so raise it. Leonie West has a great video on tension and adjustments. Use a new needle Thread - good quality is important Basting—We recommend 505 Basting Spray.
Fusible Batting another good alternative.
Marking—When using Westalee Templates, it is beneficial to mark guide lines. Crosshair Square is essential • Place enough pressure on the ruler to move the fabric and ruler at the same time. • There is a fine balance between the proper pressure and too much pressure.
Weightless Quilter is excellent to hold your fabric stop the drag allow you to concentrate on your ruler work.
Don’t put your presser foot up when the needle is down. This is an important one. The way the Ruler Foot is made you won’t be able to do this. Get in the habit of always disengaging the needle down function before lifting the presser foot.