Westalee Ruler Foot and Westalee Rulers for Free motion quilting in Canada available from StitchintheDitch.com
Quilting with Rulers on a Domestic Machine with a Ruler Foot designed to work on most makes, that comes in a High and Low Shank and is adjustable.
The Westalee Ruler Foot, a true 1/2" round Foot, opens up your creative side by enabling you to stitch with the guidance of a Template, a wide variety of designs normally reserved for the Longarm Machine Quilters.
The Rulers / Templates shown below have been designed to suit your Domestic Machine.
The Low Shank group of machines only has a small clearance between the needle plate and the bottom of the presser foot rod, we have compensated for this and produced an extensive range of designs in 3mm clear cast acrylic.
Leonie West Comments why we have Low Shank foot - Medium Shank - High Shank and High Shank Special foot
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.
The top photo shows a 3mm template as you can see there is space between the shank and the template, making it possible to move a Template around a Ruler Foot in any direction.
The bottom photo shows a 6mm template and it is obvious that the template is higher than the lowest point of the shank.
This would make it extremely difficult to use most of the templates original designed for Longarm Quilting Machines.
The photos are showing a Husqvarna Designer, many Domestic Machines have shanks that will collide with 6mm templates.
We have been manufacturing 6 mm (1/4") Longarm templates for over 7 years, it would so easy just to supply the same template, however your Domestic Machine is not a Long Arm Machine. We wanted everyone to be able to use any of our templates, either inside or outside without any interference caused by the height of the shank.
StitchintheDitch offer 4 Different Foot style 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. 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 is medium low shank (Other Pfaff models use the Low Shank Foot.)
High Shank foot: