In a previous post I talked about striving for perfection, but that in some quilting designs total perfection is not really required. I can now prove the truth of that statement.
I was so excited to have a post pop up on Facebook about using rulers on a domestic machine for quilting. It suggested using the zipper foot with the machine in free motion mode. Wow! What a great idea. I will explain and show photos, but first let me give the dire warning.
WARNING: You should use the heavier, 1/4 inch thick rulers and a thick free motion quilting (FMQ) foot. The special foot will prevent the needle from ducking under the ruler causing damage to the needle, ruler, and worst of all the machine.
|Danger: thin ruler with quilting foot.|
|Zipper foot (thick base) -- Quilting foot (thin base)|
|FMQ with zipper foot|
I used a 6" square ruler and a 3" square ruler and found that the 6" worked better. I didn't have any trouble moving ruler and fabric with my left hand and a glove on my right hand. However, I decided that some grabbers might help on the back of the ruler.
|Adhesive backed grabbers|
|Four grabbers (larger white circles) on the back of the ruler|
|Not perfect, but definitely acceptable!|
|Triangles waiting for fill lines.|
|FMQ fill. Ruler idea discarded!|
TIP: Try new methods. Some work. Some don't. I think the problem here was that the lines are so short. I finally used a micron pen to put a tiny dot on my quilting foot which I can use as a guide to maintain spacing and direction as needed by lining it up with previously sewn lines.
I will eventually get a thick ruler because I know now that I can do this. My daughter tells me there are places on the Web where I can get a proper foot that will adapt to my machine. More research needed.
TIP: Perfection is still a worthy goal, but sometimes reality looks just as nice, is easier, and saves time.
Sew a happy seam this week.