Handi Ruler Instructions and Information

What can you create with the HQ ruler and template sets? The options are endless!

Use HQ rulers with any brand longarm quilting machine. They are made with precision from high-quality acrylic, chosen for its strength, clarity and durability. HQ rulers are etched, not printed, to provide long-lasting accuracy when quilting.

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See tutorials on working with rulers or find additional videos on our YouTube channel. There are also a number of DVD tutorials for purchase in the Quilters Academy Longarm Basics series: Five Rulers, Unlimited Designs, Using Circle Rulers, and Using Rulers & Templates.


Using Longarm Rulers and Templates

  • Use only ¼"-thick rulers with your machine. This thickness ensures safety when used with a hopping foot. No rotary-cutting rulers!

  • Use a ruler base or extended table for stabilization.

  • Keep the ruler flat and quilt only where ruler is held securely. Avoid losing control by walking your hand along the ruler or stopping and repositioning your hand and the ruler.

  • Apply gentle three-point pressure to the ruler. (1) Press ruler against any side of the hopping foot. (2) Press machine against ruler. (3) Press ruler against the ruler base with only as much force as necessary to keep the ruler from slipping. Too much pressure will keep the machine from moving.

  • The quilting line is approximately ¼" away from the ruler edge for most machines. The markings on HQ rulers take this into consideration.

  • Set the machine to stop in the needle-down position to keep the machine from moving while making adjustments with the ruler.