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Old 10-20-2020, 03:21 AM
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Has anyone tried the longer arm rulers that have been modified for us home sewers? Just curious and can't wait to hear pros and cons. I know you have to buy a special foot.
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Old 10-20-2020, 03:56 AM
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I just bought the starter Westlee ruler set for DMS this past spring. I've used them on two quilts so far and love them! I don't have much experience yet, but for a beginner, I thought I did pretty good. I use them on my vintage Pfaff 130.
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Old 10-20-2020, 04:40 AM
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WOW!!! Amazing quilting. You did more than "pretty good!!"
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Old 10-20-2020, 04:45 AM
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I just bought the starter Westlee ruler set for DMS this past spring. I've used them on two quilts so far and love them! I don't have much experience yet, but for a beginner, I thought I did pretty good. I use them on my vintage Pfaff 130.
Now you have inspired me.....I just bought the ruler foot for my Bernina and some rulers from Angela Walters...she is in the middle of doing a free ruler work series.....so far, I have the foot on and have used my straight ruler and two of the curved ones on a practice muslin quilt sandwich...it is fun....a bit of a learning curve...but I am going to keep at it....your quilts and the quilting are just lovely!
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Just got the rulers and ruler foot and working on scrap muslin and batting to get the feel of it. So far it is fun and actually easier than I thought.....You do have to know if your machine is high shank or low shank and get the right foot for your machine.....on the low shank machine you have to get a ruler that is a bit smaller than the 1/4 inch thick rulers that are used on a long arm......I have a long arm so had a couple of the 1/4 inch rulers already but did end up buying a few more from quiltingismytherapy (angela walters) and from quiltedjoy. I would suggest getting a pair of gloves or finger cots if you don't have some already to make moving the ruler and quilt easier. I so far have found that little plastic table that came with my little bernina works just fine but you can get one of those slider sheets to make it easier. I found my Bernina is neither a traditional high shank or low shank machine as Bernina did their own thing with the feet.....but I really like my pricey Bernina ruler work foot as there is a screw to allow me to really adjust the height of the foot for different thickness of quilt. Both Angela Walters and Bernina have Ruler work web events for free going on right now with videos.
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I have the Westalee set and most of Angela Walters (which I prefer). Ruler quilting is not nearly as hard as FMQ, for me that is.
It's fun!
I'm getting better at FMQ though. With Covid I've finally made the time to practice more.
Ruler work provides endless designs only limited by your imagination.

NZ- your quilt if fab!!!!!! You certainly know how to use those rulers. And I like your cool machine too.
Julie- I don't know which rulers you're referring to.

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I have purchased both foot and rulers but am afraid to get started. I am a bit intimidated. I will get passed it of this I am sure.
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Originally Posted by NZquilter View Post
I just bought the starter Westlee ruler set for DMS this past spring. I've used them on two quilts so far and love them! I don't have much experience yet, but for a beginner, I thought I did pretty good. I use them on my vintage Pfaff 130.
Your quilts are beautiful and so is your sewing machine!
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I wonder, can you use that type of sewing machine foot and rulers for a slant needle machine?
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:50 AM
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I have a high shank Janome with the Janome ruler foot. I purchased a few Handi Quilter template rulers that were meant for long arm and have had no trouble using them.

One I like a lot is the Handi Quilter Mini Circle Template which allows me to make bubbles in different sizes, but I have to raise my ruler foot extra high to get into the middle of the circle. Not all machines have the setting to lift a foot extra high.
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