Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ruler Foot for specialty Quilting Machines

The following machine require a specially designed foot, to suit only these machines.
This foot should be available in March 2015.

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 TL2010Q

Friday, January 2, 2015

Fitting the Ruler Foot

I am having fun  we have now fitted the Westalee Ruler Foot to all the machines I own.

This is the Ruler Foot on my Husqvarna Designer 11

To see how easy it is to fit the Westalee Ruler Foot  watch this video

How to fit and use the Westalee Ruler Foot on domestic sewing machines

Add a Handle

Do you need to use handles on your Rulers and Templates?
The answer is not necessarily, but you may find the a handle gives you more control and makes it easier to keep the template in position. You may like to use a handle on some templates and not on others.

Add a Handle is simply what the name says - a handle that you can add to any ruler or template for quilting or patchwork.

We make Add a Handle in 3 sizes (2 sizes shown above)

You might like to use the small handle

Or the large handle

When using templates for ruler work I like to hold my templates as shown, My pointer or index finger is placed on the dip in the ruler handle I usually have my thumb and ring finger on the edge of the template and my little finger on he fabric.

The Add a Handle is indentation is only 6mm high, when free motion quilting with rulers it is best to keep your hand relatively flat on the template and quilt, not high and arched.

A packet of 6 Handles 2 large, 2 medium and 2 small is $12.00
A Bulk packet of 12 Small Handles costs is $20.00
A Bulk pack of 12 Large Handles is $30.00

Simply remove the backing paper and place the handle on your template in the position that suits you.

Stable Tape

When using Rulers and Templates it is nice to know that the Ruler will remain stable and not move about as you are stitching.

I do not use Stable Tape on all my tools, when we are filming a design, Bill will say "you haven't got Stable Tape on that".

Westalee Stable Tape

Our Westalee Stable Tape comes in a pack of 5 for $10.00

Westalee Stable Tape is only .6mm thick.

Simply cut to size and remove the backing paper - press in place on your template.

I find that a 1"- 1 1/2"  piece of Stable Tape placed at each side of the template is all that I need. We don't need to cover the whole template.

When using a larger ruler or template, I will also place a piece of Stable Tape in the middle.

When using templates and rulers I want the template or ruler to be held steady, I also need to be able to move the template easily for re-positioning.

The adhesive we use on Westalee Stable Tape is archival.

Some of the methods that we tested that I didn't like are.

1. Using Basting Spray - the basting spray makes the ruler foggy and extremely difficult to see through. Basting spray will hold for a very, very short time and then any fluff on the fabric adheres to the spray making it useless. and most important I found when I tested this method that I could not remove the basting spray from my templates no matter what detergent or chemical I used.

2. Loop and Hook (self adhesive strip)  using the hook section (Velcro) - standard Hook is about 1.6mm thick and industrial Hook is about 2.6mm thick. Because of this thickness the Hook made the templates rock and unstable.
We found that the Hook did add any stability - hook tape just slides.

3. Double sided tape - works for a very short time before the fluff and threads adhere to the glue.

4. Applying nail polish and adhesives with salt or sand. As a manufacturer of rulers and templates we DO NOT advise using this method as acrylic can easily be damaged by chemicals.
Never use window cleaner (this contains ammonia) can cause acrylic to go white and foggy
Never use acetone (nail polish - remover)it can cause acrylic to crack.
Superglue and salt or sand as I do not know the chemical compound of glues  I do not recommend this method for the same reason as nail polish.

5. Silicon hush dots work well but are a bit too high and tend to rock.

There many different methods you can try, find the method that you like.

Ruler work

Ruler Work

Our final prototype arrived last week, the day before Christmas Day, and after all the months of work and the years of contemplating a ruler foot for domestic machines we can now see that it has all been worth while.

Most people think of ruler work as straight lines and maybe some curves, but it is so much more.

I am often asked by quilters why can't I use your quilting Rulers and templates on my sewing machine, I would love to be able to quilt those patterns without having to draw every line first.

If you can free motion quilt you can use rulers, if you haven't free motion quilted before rulers are an easy way for you to learn as the rulers give you a guide to rest the Ruler Foot against and follow. Just like drawing around a stencil with a pen - only we are using a Ruler Foot instead of a pen and we are moving the fabric and template around the Ruler Foot.

Wreaths are beautiful but they are extremely difficult to stitch freehand, many accomplished quilter's will tell you that it is very difficult to stitch the same shape 16 times around to form a wreath. But with a template it is easy.

I mark 4 cross hair reference lines to locate the centre of the block and to give me  4 points of reference to make certain that my wreath ends at the correct position.

Ruler work can be used to form a complete quilting design or can be used as the backbone of a design and ruler work can be used as fillers.

When I design a template I always put in reference lines for a number of reasons, the reference lines help keep you on track and some references lines make if easy to use the template to create border and sashing designs using the templates.