Jan 21 15

A Ruler Foot for the Home Sewing Machine





One of the most important things about ruler work is having access to a reliable and safe ruler foot.  Unfortunately, most home sewing machine manufacturers are behind on this, so most home sewers don’t have access yet to a ruler foot.  Thanks to Amy Johnson of Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures Blog, we’re learning about some ruler foot options that would not have otherwise occurred to us.  I’ve now experimented with the Janome Convertible Foot and the ruler toe attachment on 5 models of Pfaff sewing machines as well as the Babylock Ellisimo and the Brother Quattro and had fabulous results! These 2 Janome parts may also work on your machine so we made a video that will show you each step I performed to use these parts on the aforementioned machines.





All of the aforementioned machines are low shank machines and I ordered the following 2 parts from Allbrands.com:

1.  Janome Convertible Foot for Low Shank machines:



2.  Janome Free Motion Quilting Foot Set:



(Remember, determine if your machine is low shank vs high shank before you order anything!)  Now here’s the video that shows every single thing I did for all these machines:



  1. Amy Johnson Says:

    Yes, Yes, YES!!!!! A thousand times YES!

    Thank you Patsy for making this video and doing the ground work for our readers who want to do ruler work on their non-Janome machines.

    So well done and clear! I’ll be linking it up today.

  2. Valley Says:

    Thanks again! What a blessing you have been to me and I’m sure many others. Your video gives me more confidence to try this new foot. Can’t wait to receive my parts. Blessings to you.

  3. QuiltShopGal Says:

    Thank you. I so want to give this a try. And I appreciate you researching, sharing and inspiring.


  4. Marilou Says:

    Thanks for the video. I purchased the ruler foot for the Viking mega quilter and it works! So excited. I haven’t tried it on my Baby Lock Crescendo….yet. I know Babylock is working on a ruler foot for prototype soon. Thanks for your advice about installing and using the Janome foot on different machines.

  5. Jeandf Says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the research and tips!

  6. Jeandf Says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the research and tips!

  7. Virginia Says:

    Here is a link to a YouTube video which I’d never seen/watched before until yesterday. It was a “suggested watch” based on your video. Westalee Ruler Foot for Domestic Machines: http://youtu.be/mNSZce9hKEc

  8. Wendy Says:

    Thank you so much for the video. I have a Janome machine and it is so helpful to visually see how the parts go together and the tips shown too.

  9. Danni Says:

    thankyou! I bought this set for my pfaff grand quilter and haven’t tried it yet, but I have two other older pfaff domestics I might try it on too. I have a pfaff dealership so might have to give it a try on the demo models 😛

  10. Simone Says:

    Hej from Sweden!

    I just bought the rulerfoot from
    http://www.westalee.com.au and it works great!

    Give it a try!!!

  11. Karen Miller of Redbird Quilt Co Says:

    Patsy – thank you, thank you!! I shared some curved crosshatching videos on my blog yesterday and I’m thrilled to be manned with the research and information you’ve shared. I teach at a shop that carries Pfaff and B-lock and, in a recent FMQ Feathers class, a few ladies were asking me about a ruler for those machines. I use a Janome myself so I wasn’t sure of the answer — now I am. Thank you again. BTW: I pushed your feather tutorials and books at my class – I love your teaching style and inspiration!