JANOME “RULER FOOT” PART 1

This quilt was made by Lois who works at Findlays Vacuum & Sewing In Vernon, BC

This quilt was made by Lois who works at Findlays Vacuum & Sewing In Vernon, BC

We have been having a lot of fun exploring the use of long arm rulers. However, instead of using these rulers for free motioning straight lines, curves, circles & grids on a big long arm quilt frame, we have been using them with our Janome sewing & quilting machine……and with great success I might add!

Take a look at the quilt above and  the close ups below. Lois has been “playing” with longarm rulers a bit longer than I have so she has created some impressive quilts! This was one she made for a baby. Notice all the lines which follow the “bunny” blocks. Previously, we might have quilted this using our walking foot and the quilting guide to assist with keeping lines straight. This works, of course, but is very time consuming. We all know that once we get over our nervousness of quilting by free motion, we discover that we can get our quilts completed in much less time…..Free motion is a whole lot quicker than quilting with a walking foot.

ruler 10

So I am sure you will understand how super excited we are that we can use the same sort of tools that longarm quilters have been using for a while…….rulers to guide us to stitch straight lines and more  with freemotion!  This is exactly what Lois did on this quilt. She told me she could not believe how quickly it got finished even though those lines are pretty close together.

ruler 9

There are many brands, shapes & sizes of long arm rulers available on the market. we suggest you purchase just one or 2 to start with until you discover what you wish to quilt: straight lines & grids? circles? scallops? curves? ALL this and more is possible with these rulers. One thing these rulers all have in common is that they are a lot thicker than a rotary cutting ruler which is approximately 1/8 inch thick. These rulers are at least 1/4 inch thick and you need that as the free motion foot must ride up against the ruler as you quilt ……not up & over the edge of the ruler! yes, you guessed, broken needle and possibly a chip out of the ruler too!

Straight & right angle rulers are perfect for free motioning straight lines & grids, etc

Straight & right angle rulers are perfect for free motioning straight lines & grids, etc

ruler 1

And this is the Janome foot we use: the Convertible spring loaded Free motion foot set PLUS the closed toe foot attachment from a different set (see part #’s below).  This attachment on its own looks like this:

Thisis attached to the bottom of the Convertible Free motion foot seen in the pic above.

This is attached to the bottom of the Convertible Free motion foot seen in the pic above.

The reason we need this attachment is because it is much thicker than other feet and hence it rides beautifully smoothly (and without breaking needles!) against the ruler.

Incidentally this is not the first janomelife post we have done on this topic. You might like to do a search in the box on janomelife homepage for “ruler foot”……..lots more there. You could also explore blogs such as Amy’s Free motion Quilting Adventures where you will see what fun she has been having doing this very same technique on her Janome Horizon MC8200

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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11 Responses to JANOME “RULER FOOT” PART 1

  1. Hi Liz,
    I have a janome Horizon 7700 Memory Craft QCP, can I use that ruler foot on my machine??

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi
      Yes, you can. You already have the Convertible Free motion foot set with your machine – is a standard accessory with the Horizon 7700. All you need to add is the “ruler” foot Part # 767434005. Please see all the other blog posts on janomelife that we have done on this same topic. Search in the search box for “ruler foot”

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Dottee Cpjem says:

    Please explain a little more of how to use the ruler. Is it attached to the machine, or do you simply move it across the quilt top? Thanks.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Dottee,

      If you go to You Tube or other online sources, you will be able to see video’s where long arm quilters use rulers to free motion straight lines & other shapes like curves & scallops etc.
      It is a technique which needs to be learned and perfected – as with anything new. We have transferred what longarmers have been doing for a long time to using the same technique on our regular stationery sewing machines. You need a good stable surface for the quilt to lay on so use an extension table for the machine.
      Add those little strips or squares of “sandpaper” stuck to the back of the ruler which helps to keep it from slipping on the quilt.
      Hold the ruler with one hand and move the fabric with the other hand. The ruler stays in place as you free motion against it. It is different from the longarmers as we are moving the fabric. Longarmers have the quilt stationery on a frame.
      When you get to the end of the ruler, stop with needle down, move the ruler and go again. Keep going and you will be surprised how quickly you will fill up a section of the quilt with free motion against the ruler.
      As already said, it is a technique to be learned bearing in mind safety issues as you don’t want to sew your finger! Practice makes perfect and it is a lot easier than it may sound at this point.
      Also VERY rewarding as your free motion quilting will be taken to a new level.

      Hope this helps.
      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. Linda says:

    Hi Liz, Does this new foot fit all the Janome machines?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Linda,
      Please refer to all the other posts I have done on this blog ( do a search in the search box for ruler foot). I have been very specific about what optional feet are required for which machine models. Basically if the Janome model can use the convertible free motion foot set ( for high or low shank, 7mm or 9mm) then it will work. Also needed is the actual foot that screws onto the convertible free motion foot ( the frame foot set for 1600P) is also needed. This is all in the blog posts. Actually neither the convertible foot set nor the frame set for 1600P is new – we have had them for years.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  4. trinagallop says:

    Ruler work is my new favourite obsession!

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  5. sandra halwachs says:

    I have a Janome 1100, I need to get a new lap top (old one is using windows 7.) The Question is: will I have problems with downloads for the memory stick, if I switch to Windows 8??

    Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:03:52 +0000 To: shalwachs@hotmail.com

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sandra,

      I am assuming you meant MC11000? The size of the USB stick is important. The Mc11000 USB stick size should be 1 or 2 Gigs MAX. But you will need to uninstall your original MC11K tools and install the new version which you will find on the global Janome website. This is version 3.12 of Mc11K.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  6. Katy McCoy says:

    Uh – I don'[t see the parts numbers….

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Katy,
      The previous blog posts I refer to in this post list all the applicable part numbers. Do a search for Ruler foot and you will find them.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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