We hope you enjoyed the tips in yesterday’s blog post about using rulers and templates with your longarm machine. Today’s post reviews some of the rulers available and how they are useful with your quilting.
But first, let’s talk about thread. Use a lightweight thread, such as a 50- or 60-weight cotton, polyester, or silk. Or use monofilament thread when you want to hide the stitches when there isn’t a perfect thread color choice.
You’ll want a straight-edge ruler. But remember, some rulers are “twofers” — two for the price of one. Note how the mini scallop ruler has a great straight edge in addition to the scallops.
Use a straight edge whenever you want a straight line — such as diagonal lines, stitching in the ditch, or cross-hatching.
We used the HQ Straight Edge ruler to do the star (and then micro-quilted around the star points.
Look what you can do when you take advantage of both sides of the mini scallop ruler.
Do you love chevron designs? Then use the right-angle ruler.
Use it like any straight-edge ruler to do piano-key borders, stitch in the ditch, squares, diamonds, cross-hatching, and more!
We love the VersaTool.
It’s easy to hold and designed to fit comfortably in your hand. Use it for small right-angles, arcs (such as continuous curve stitching as pictured), or straight lines.
Also use the VersaTool to outline your applique. Nestle the hopping foot into the notch in the VersaTool and guide the machine around the applique.
Join us tomorrow for part 3, which covers arcs, swags and circles.
Have some fun with rulers today!