Thursday, August 14, 2014

Roll Call for the Ruler Toe

Today I don't have much for you, dear reader, but I hope you have something for me. I should have been keeping better notes as I shared my ruler work techniques and which machines could use what combination of Janome Convertible Free Motion foot sets whether the low shank (202002004), high shank (202001003), or 1600P version (767433004).


If you have been using the any Janome foot set above with the ruler toe (one half of the Janome Frame Quilting Feet Set part #767-434-005) on a machine that is not a Janome, please answer this "roll call" in the comments with the particular combination you are using.


If by chance you have found a foot/toe for ruler work other than those from Janome, please let me know what you are using also.

In order to sweeten the pot, any comments on this post (even if you don't have this info to share) will qualify you for a drawing to get a ruler from Accents in Design at my expense (must live in the US, sorry). I will randomly draw a name from these comments September 1st.

Roll call, sound off!

(You guys are the best!)

49 comments:

  1. I use a Babylock Jane, with the janome ruler toe. The shank is the one specifically for the 1600p. Works like a charm. I'm in love with ruler work!

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  2. I use a Babylock Jane machine, similar to the Janome 1600. My machine came with a free motion foot that I don't like. It's a basic foot, flat and oval in shape with a flat, clear plastic center, which I removed. I am looking for a round FMQ foot. Since I already use the Janome quarter inch piecing foot with guide I wondered if parts of the convertible foot set would also work on my machine. I contacted a local Janome dealer last week about buying the set but he's not returned my call, as yet.

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    1. Read Siobhan's comment and see that you can use the ruler toe! Yay!

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    2. Purchased mine over the weekend...Oh my what an improvement!! Thank you.

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  3. I'm going to buy one of these rulers to try on my Bernina using the darning foot (unmodified).

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    1. It is certainly possible to do ruler work without a special toe. It's trickier since the ruler can slip over or under the foot. Go slowly and give it a try.

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  4. Using it on my Janome 8900 after seeing it on your blog and love it! blessings, marlene

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  5. I don't have any of the Janome ruler feet. I did purchase a couple of the rulers from Accents and have been using them with my regular Viking free motion foot. I make it work though I know a thicker foot would certainly be better. I'm hoping there is someone out there that's used the Janome feet with a Viking and that will make me think more seriously about ordering the ruler feet.

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  6. When I quilt on my Bernina, I just use my plain jane darning foot. I haven't tried it with any rulers yet. Maybe someday!

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  7. I found a way to modify my #9 foot on the Bernina for ruler work. I hope this is the correct link: http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com/2014/07/ive-been-reading-amys-free-motion.html

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    1. Ha! Love ingenious quilters! I too modified a cheap aftermarket foot! Nothing like having that extra 100 bucks to spend on fabric!

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  8. I use the 1600P version on my Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter - love it!

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  9. Thank you so much for requesting this information, Amy! I have been wanting to learn to do ruler work since watching your videos,ut I am not sure the Janome ruler toe will work on myBrother PC420

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  10. I'm fairly new at all things sewing and I quilt with a Brother. I'm still learning so much and I'm practicing as much as I'm able to with FMQ and your blog gives me hope I will get better. I could definitely use anything that will help me on my journey! Thanks so much!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  11. I have been following along but haven't tried this yet. But I am very interested. I have a Viking and am not sure if a ruler foot is made for my machine or if I could use a different manufacturers foot. Would love a post on what is available to use on different brands.

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  12. I use the the Bernina #15 foot and the new rulers by Angela Huffman: http://www.quiltedjoy.com/product/machine-quilting-aides/quilt-guide-longarm-ruler-set

    The Accents in Design rulers do not work with unmodified Bernina feet because the little grippy strip raises the ruler off of the surface just enough to allow a foot to slip under if not held just right.

    If I use the Angel rulers, modifying the foot becomes unnecessary. There is no slippage at all and I was successful with them my first time out. They really do rock.

    I did enjoy Sandy's comment above about her easy modification of her #9 foot-clever!

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  13. I have been using the ruler foot with my Janome 8900, still in the practice mode, but loving it! I have a friend w/ a baby lock that is interested in trying the ruler foot(I have the FMQ convertible foot in both high & Low)as soon as life slows down we're getting together to try it on her machine. I think it will work, will let you know

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  14. I have Bernina. I have thought about using the rulers but hadn't tried yey. Looks like a need a new foot to modufy. Thanks for the info

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  15. I would love to use a ruler foot on my low-shank Pfaff is one of these Janome feet specifically low shank? I already own quite the collection of rulers since I used to longarm quilt until I learned how to FMQ on my Pfaff and discovered I am much better with that technique.

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  16. Oops! Read the blog before the coffee was done brewing. Thanks for including the part number. This will be ordered!

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  17. I haven't purchased one yet either due to the fact I don't know if it will work on my Mega Quilter. It will be great to have a list of which brands will work with each foot. Thanks!

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    1. Carole- are you referring to the Viking Mega Quilter? We have folks here who use the Janome 1600P version of the Convertible Free Motion Foot set with the ruler toe with no problems.

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    2. Carole, the mega quilter and the Janome 1600P are identical machines....manufactured under the brand name Pfaff as well. This speaks volumes about how awesome this machine is! As I recall, there is a forth manufacturers as well but I can't remember whom that is. ZJanome makes all of the models and slaps a different brand name on it.

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    3. Jake, you are correct. The other brand is Brother. The model # is the Brother 1500S. Though that doesn't mean that other Brothers are compatible. Thanks for joining in the conversation!

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  18. I quilt with a Juki 2010T and after much searching found Finishing Touches Quilt Shop in West Virginia that will modify your Juki free motion foot with a ruler toe or sell you a new foot that has been modified. I have used this ruler toe foot with the Accents in Design rulers and have been really pleased with the results. The only problem that I found is that the needle must be up to fully raise the modified foot. Thank you for all your wonderful videos on using rulers and on free motion designs.

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    1. I just checked out Finishing Touches Quilt Shop website that Jane mentions above. They will adapt your Juki foot with a ruler toe for $35.00 plus $5.50 shipping. If you want more information, go to: http://www.finishingtouchesquiltingstudio.com/documents/1Voyager%20ruler%20foot.pdf. Quite interesting information and pictures.

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    2. This may be more information than you want to know. However, you may want to bookmark this page about adjusting the shaft on your machine. Again, from Finishing Touches Quilt Shop's website: www.finishingtouchesquiltingstudio.com/documents/Voyager%20adjustments.pdf

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    3. I'm back again. Same company has a video on adjusting your hopping foot ruler toe. http://www.finishingtouchesquiltingstudio.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17893356-hopping-ruler-foot-adjustment.

      I'll go away now. My work is done..................ha...........

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  19. I don't remember the name of the company, but I followed the links from you blog and got a high shank ruler foot and it works very well on my Juki 2010Q

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  20. I did get the free motion foot that you have I also have the same sewing machine! Love it! I have been play with it, but still having some trouble moving the ruler and fabric! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  21. I have the high shank model and I use it on my Pfaff Grand Hobby Quilter. Works like a charm.

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  22. I have a Bernina and haven't tried ruler work yet but I've been carefully reading your blog and the comments above and they have inspired me to try one of the adaptations for the Bernina!! Thanks!!

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  23. The low shank foot fits on my Pfaff 5024 but because of the built in walking foot, the feet are a little crooked and the needle is not centered in the foot. I sewed a little with it but it made me nervous having the needle so off center. I am taking the foot to my sister's next week and we will try it on her sewing machines. I will let you know what we find out. Jana

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  24. I'm lucky and have the Janome Horizon 7700 so the ruler toe works great with the tow accent rulers I've ordered. I am in practice mode too.

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  25. I haven't found a foot that works with my baby lock symphony so haven't tried any ruler work yet. :(

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  26. I use the foot on my Janome Horizon 8900 and was told by my dealer that it would not work just like you said he would say. I assured him it would and bought it. I have been wanting to try these new rulers you have shown and would love to win one.

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  27. I tried it last week on my Pffaf with the 6D foot. Worked great. you do have to watch out how you hold the ruler though. Don't get it into the IDT back of the foot :)

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    1. I have a similar issue with the "accufeed system" on my Janome 6600.

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  28. I just received my ruler foot for my Janome 7700 and can't wait to try it. I still need to order my set of rulers. My Janome Dealer also didn't think this foot would fit my machine. I'm glad that you clarified this on your Blog. Amy, I am glad that you post your tutorial and give us all your advice. Many Thanks!!!!

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  29. I modified my regular open toe (for my 1600P) out in my machine shop by making it thicker and of course, it works just fine. I didn't even know they made one for my z1600P, but thanks for the info. I do not use rulers often, but when I need straight lines I do.

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  30. I have a Janome 1600P and bought the ruler foot..only to find out there were 2 parts to it. Now I need to order again. Is this correct? I have also bought several rulers from Accents.

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    1. This is why I call it the ruler toe--- it fits on one of 3 versions of the Convertible Free Motion Foot sets. Can't use the toe without the foot.

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  31. I have never heard of a ruler toe before - how do you use it? (PS: I have a US address, do I still qualify for the draw?)

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    1. If I can mail it to a US address, I think that qualifies!

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  32. Just realized if I started watching your videos now, instead of in the fall like I planned, I could have answered my own question!

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  33. I have been beating the bushes trying to see if this would work on my Babylock Ellisimo . I found a babylock/ janome dealer who doesn't stock it but felt the needle on the babylock sits slightly further back then the janome so they didn't think it would work. I think I am going to order from a dealer online that will allow returns if it doesn't fit. I will report back after I receive the feet :)

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  34. Ok Babylock owners- better late than never. I received my janome convertable free motion quilt set for low shank models and the free motion frame quilting set. I tried it on both the Babylock symphony and the Babylock Ellisimo . They fit the same on both machines. The needle is not centered in middle of foot but about 1/8" from left edge. I noticed that the stitch plate it come with is not a single center hole, so I tried the foot with the zigzag plate and moved my needle position over so the needle is in center position. Unfortunately my machine's tension is all wonky when I stitch with it this way. LOVE the foot - it doesn't hop all over the place, just not sure if I am brave enough to stitch with the needle so close to foot if I pump it back to a straight stitch plate...........

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    1. What I've heard from Babylock folks so far is that the needle position doesn't line up well with the convertible foot set and ruler toe. That being said, if you can get your needle in what seems to be a usable position, try lowering the foot more to see if that helps with the tension. The quilt can "flag" up the needle if the foot is too high, causing tension issues. Keep me updated. Feel free to use my email on the about page to contact me directly as you are a no-reply blogger, so I can't return your email/comment directly.

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