As the Canadian Distributor for Westalee / Sew Steady we take our responsibilities very seriously.
Sew Steady brought Westalee to N America. Nula makes sure she is up to date with the latest knowledge and share with staff and customers alike.
Our Recommendations for Beginning Rulerwork The Rulerwork Amazing Starter Kit only from StitchintheDitch!
We recommend the Ruler Foot with the Arc ruler ( chose the correct foot for your machine -guideline here) If you already have a Ruler foot then the Arc ruler is required. Sampler Set of Rulers - 6 Rulers designed to allow use of many techniques and designs for the Quilt top. A Crosshair square - really necessary.
The spacing gauge (buy separately) Sampler Set book We have the top Two books available with great instructions on use of the Seven Rulers in the Starter Kit plus how to use the spacing gauge and the crosshair square. Janet Collins brought out the first book several years ago and it is a constant seller. Angela Attwood brought out the Jewel Quilt book end of 2018 and is a wonderful book.
GUIDE TO RULER THICKNESS TO SUIT DOMESTIC MACHINES & LONGARM
3 mm Templates for low shank machines. *DO NOT USE THE LOW SHANK RULERS WITH HIGH SHANK OR LONGARM MACHINES These are on the StitchintheDitch site as " Low Shank"
4.5 mm templates for High Shank machines. These are on the StitchintheDitch site as "High Shank"
1/4 inch (6 mm) Sit Down -Mid Arm and Longarm Machines These are on the StitchintheDitch site as "Longarm" A BEGINNER’S LESSONS FOR RULERWORK
Ruler Work requires lots and lots of practice!
Rulers for ruler work are created specially for use with the Ruler foot Do not try rulerwork with Rotary Cutting Rulers!
Rulers do Slide - so add stable tape, or grip dots.
The needle is always in the centre of the foot- stitching line is always 1/4” away from the edge of the foot.
Lower needle into fabric pull up your bobbin thread.
Stitch in place before you start moving
Before starting to Sew - Presser foot needs to be down to avoid smashing the ruler
A Few Guidlines From Amanda Murphy Quilt all the way around the quilt top, in the area that will be later covered by binding, with long basting stitches.
This is to help ensure the backing fabric does not peel away from the quilt sandwich.
Continuing on with the same thread, quilt “in-the-ditch” to outline the shapes using a quilting ruler and Foot.
Really, I prefer to quilt right along the ditch, a hairline away from the diagonal frame itself, so that the stitches melt into the seam.
Quilt around and inside the pieced blocks.
To keep my pieces nice and square, I like to get a little quilting everywhere before I start my denser work with Rulers.