Quilting with rulers from Leonie West
When we designed our Ruler foot for domestic sewing machines we spent over a year investigating the vast number of sewing machines available, as it was our intention to make our Ruler Foot fit as many machines as possible giving the ability to use rulers and templates to as many quilters we could.
We studied the height of the shanks, not only for identification of the foot required, High Shank, Low Shank, Medium Shank or High Shank Special.
We also looked at the height of the shank from the needle plate, not all shanks are the same height from the needle plate some are much lower than others.
As the vast majority of DOMs are Low Shank and on most of these machines the lowest point of the shank, in the down position is below a 6mm template on a quilt sandwich. This will cause a 6mm template to collide with the shank.
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.
Low Shank: use 3mm rulers only
Medium Shank Ruler Foot For Berninas, the series 7 and series 8 machines use the medium shank ruler foot with the #77 Bernina adaptor.
Bernina Sewing Machines Bernina we recommend that you use the #77 Shank Adaptor
7 Series - Low Shank Ruler Foot, Presser Foot
Pressure setting “minus 4"
7 Series - Medium Shank Ruler Foot, Presser Foot
Pressure setting “minus 15"
8 Series - Medium Shank Ruler Foot Presser Foot
Pressure setting “minus 25"
and select Foot #9
These settings may vary slightly depending on the
quilt thickness you are using.
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. Pfaff 1473 (Other Pfaff models use the Low Shank Foot.)
High Shank foot: JANOME SKYLINE
JANOME MC 9400
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.
MID ARM MACHINES Right now many Quilters are buying the mid arm machines they are all very similar. Sweet Sixteen Babylock Tiarra Janome Artistic etc The manufacturers supply the foot that works with rulers. You will buy the Westalee Long Arm rulers to work with these machines.
BERNINA Adjustable Ruler foot #72 has a little screw you can turn to raise or lower the presser foot to accommodate different thickness of rulers and different batting lofts.
Rulerwork expands your quilting possibilities in so many ways—and now you can do it on your domestic BERNINA machines