Westalee Free Motion Quilting Rulers & Feet
The Westalee Ruler Foot has been designed to allow quilters to free motion quilt and expand their creativity by stitching with the guidance of a template (ruler) on a domestic sewing machine. This opens up the possibility of creating a wide variety of quilting designs that are normally reserved for the longarm machine quilters.
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Westalee Quilting Ruler Foot Starter Set
Why a ½?
The Westalee Ruler Foot is exactly ½
in diameter. This means that when you move the foot around a template your machine will always stitch a consistent ¼ away from the edge of the template which will help when you plan and position your designs.
Purchasing the Ruler Foot
Every foot is packaged with a 12" Arc Template whether it is Low, High, Medium or Special. The package also includes an adjustment guide and Stable Tape, a strip of grip tape that helps stop the template slipping.
Each Westalee template comes in two thickness, 3mm and 4.5mm. Once you have established which Ruler Foot you require any future templates you purchase must be of the correct thickness.
If your machine requires a Low (LS) or Medium (MS) shank Ruler foot you must always buy low Shank templates.
If your machine requires a High (HS) or High Shank Special (HSS) you must always buy High Shank templates.
Choosing The Right Westalee Ruler Foot
Leonie West, the Australian designer of Westalee products set out with the aim of making these rulers accessible to as many domestic machine users as possible. To use the rulers correctly you need a true ½ round foot.
It is important to purchase the correct shank fitting for your machine.
To determine your shank size all you need to do is lower your foot and then measure the height of the centre of the hole for the screw from the needle plate as shown here.
Some machines require a different shank fitting. If your machine is listed here you must buy the correct foot.
Medium Shank (MS) Ruler Foot:
Bernina 7 Series and 8 Series machines (these benefit from this foot as it allows the foot to sit lower to the plate and helps remove the hop.
Pfaff Machines using the Spring Free
Motion 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.
High Shank Special (HSS) Ruler Foot:
Brother PQ1300 PQ1300 PQ1500S
Babylock BLQP BL500A
Janome 1600P 1600P-DB 1600-QC, 1600P-QC
JUKI DDL-227 DDL-555 DDL-8700 TL-98E TL-98P TL-98QE TL2000Qi TL2010
Pfaff 1200 Grand Quilter
Husqvarna Mega Quilter
Singer 2OU 31-15, 1191-D300A
Ruler Foot Size Guide by Manufacturer
Below is a list of the most popular manufacturers and which feet their machines require. Please note that this list is subject to change and may not be up-to-date as new machines are introduced regularly.
Bernina All low shank (except 7 and 8 series - see the MS list on previous page). You will also need an adapter,
Babylock Most low shank except (High Shank- Ellageo, Aria, Crescendo, Destiny, Unity, Journey. Also check the HSS list on previous page)
Brother Most low shank except (High shank - VE2200, VQ3000, VM5100, VQ2400, VM6200, XV8500D. Also check the HSS list on previous page)
Janome - A good mix of high and low shank (we recommend using the measurement test on previous page)
Juki Most Low Shank (Also check the HSS list on previous page)
Pfaff - Most Low shank (check the MS and HSS list on previous page)
Singer - All low shank. No foot available for Slant Shank Machines (also check the HSS list on previous page)
Viking All low shank (except on the HSS list). Not available for Viking No 1.