Rree Motion Quilting Essentials Template Set Introduction
Here is our beginner guide to Free Motion Quilting with a Ruler.Check out our full collection of Free Motion Tools HERE.
The ruler foot is designed to enable qulters using a domestic/home sewing machine to qult with rulers and templates to create designs usually reserved for longarm machines.Think of the ruler as a helper that when ombine withterule fo allows ou to quilt certain hapes erectly Every ruler opens eworld o shaes andesins for ou to ult but a od place to start is with straight lines, arcs, and circles.
Here is a quick getting started video:
Here is a video on how to install the ruler foot on your machine:
Important notes:1.Do Not Use the PIVOT or HOVER setting when using templates or rulers2.Do not lower the needle when the foot is raised, start with the foot lowered.3.Use a straight stitch in the centered position4.Never drop your needle with the foot upThis foot is designed to "loat just bout your uilt sndwih his alows t toskim along the surace t h ult o oefely Yo a adustherl fot hgh ro low o lo for thi movement depending on the height of your quilt sandwichTo quilt with rulers and templates you may need to adjust the setting on your machine.There are 4 different ways to do this:1.Use the free motion setting on your machine (if you have one2.Leave the machine to sew a straightstitch3.Lower the feed dog4.Set the stitch length to "O".Use this method for machines where you cannot lower the feed dogs or if you prefer not to.Some other useful tools:1.Supreme slider-this can be helpful as it goes underneath your quilt and helps it to slide.This is not required, but some people like to use one.2.Gloves-this have grippers on them and help you to hold the quilt and the template steady.Overall technique:You want to position the ruler-where you want to go-like a handle.Quilt by moving the fabric and the template at the same time with the ruler foot against the edge of the template1 Note some of our rulers have a ointwhere vou can slide a pushoin u throuthte aultinto the ruler t hel od a pivot point for crcles wilise tc heck th nstruton inluded with our template to see if this applies.2.Place one hand on your ruler (which will be either to the left.right or front of your foot) and one hand on the other side of the presser foot for stability.3.Insure you push dow o the ruler whichels t activate te grips and pressit up against the ruler foot.You can either pl the quilt towards you or push the quilt away from you (as you would normally during straight stitching) or mave it left to right4 Since th feed dogs are down, YOU are activating the motion, NOT The machine.This means yor stith hengthadqalit is up to you.Balance the speed of your hands with te spee of the needle-practice practice practice.5.Qultslowly, keep the ruler template in position and move as steady as you can.Once you reach the end of the ruler.you stop and reposition the ruler to continue your pattern.6.When quilting curves your point of contact with the ruler changes to be more i the font a itrounds the corner, whereas motof the time you poito contatisin on the sides.eepthis ir mind as the feeling and the speed may need to be adjusted to accommodate for this.7.Depending on the template you ar using, many of them hae arking toindicte sain.hsalows yo to e h alon yor pevuou pter .I you ut he ede of the ruler on the line you jst ule, you willget spacng,the pinted lins llw you to epandthaechoingto ad b ling u the rue l nes on the previousy qulted line The idlel ine on the rulers help you create offsets evenly as well as create longer or shorter designs depending on your preference