Do you ever wish you could quilt using rulers and templates like those who own a Longarm Quilting Machine?
Exciting News! You now can!
Westalee Design Rulers have developed a Ruler Foot and a series of quilting templates just for YOU which are 3mm (for Low Shank) to 4.5mm (for High Shank) thick which is ideal for domestic sewing machines.
The Westalee Ruler Foot is a true 1/2" round foot enabling you to stitch with the guidance of a template all around the foot.
Rule #1 for ruler work is to never raise the foot while the needle is down or lower the needle while the foot is up.
Low shank machines have less clearance behind the foot and under the presser foot bar - the reason we have the specially made Low Shank Rulers, always use the thinner ruler with these machines.
Most long arm rulers are too thick to be safely used behind the foot of a low shank machine.
-the Janome 6600 and 7700 machines are high shank machines that use the 4.5 mm templates as the accufeed system can interfere with the thicker rulers behind the foot.
So do not try using the Longarm Rulers.
PFAFF CREATIVE VISION EXPRESSION MACHINES
For a selection of Pfaff Machines that have a Dynamic Setting:
Creative Sensation Pro, Creative Sensation, Creative Vision, Creative Performance, Creative 4.5, 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, Performance 5.0, Quilt Expression 4.2, 4.0, Expression 3.5, 3.2, 3.0, 2.0, Expression 150
The Ruler foot, made from composite stainless steel, is designed to float just above the quilt sandwich,
there is no hopping mechanism to get in the way of your hands or impede your vision and you can run a ruler completely around the Westalee Ruler Foot
Medium Shank Ruler Foot:
Also For Berninas, the series 7 and series 8 machines use the medium shank ruler foot with the #77 Bernina adapter.
Your Pfaff Expression 4.0 has a Medium Shank Ruler Foot but the Passport does not have the mezzanine position so it requires a Low Shank Ruler Foot.
They both however use Low Shank Templates..
Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines
- make sure the auto lift is turned off.
The information listed below seems to be a great fix for the issues often experienced when template quilting on Husqvarna Viking sewing machines.
This includes Designer Diamonds, Rubys, Sapphires etc.
1. Do not choose FREE MOTION setting.
2. Go into settings menu and uncheck AUTO FEED DOG DROP - this will open another Menu where you can CHECK to lower the feed dogs.
3. Then uncheck SENSOR SYSTEM.
4. Use the STRAIGHT STITCH (make sure to center your needle in the RULER FOOT) and you should be good.
I have not had any issues with the Designer EPIC;
however, if you experience problems, please try the above changes.
Information submitted by Donelle McAdams, Accredited Westalee Teacher