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Important information
on the care and use of our Acrylic Templates

Hopping Foot

You must use a Ruler Foot when working with Long Arm rulers and templates, stitching directly onto a quilt.

Ideally the Ruler Foot should measure 1/2” across the collar with the needle stitching at 1/4” from the ruler or template edge. This will make it easy to calculate spacings across a block or quilt.

Nolting, A1, Handy Quilter, Innova and Prodigy machines all have a true ½” round Ruler Foot. Gammil and APQS have a 9/16” Ruler Foot, which will stitch out at 9/32” from the ruler or template edge. We now have a 1/2" hopping foot made for Gammill Machines. We now have our own Domestic Machine Ruler Foot, designed to allow Domestic machines to use our Rulers in all different designs. We have an extensive of purpose made templates for Domesic machines with High or Low Shank Presser Foot bar

At Westalee Design we have been making all our templates since 2008 to suit both sizes. Our templates are made Machine specific and you will achieve the same result for either sized foot.

Template Rules

Always use a ruler base on your machine when using rulers and templates.

Make sure that your ruler base is flat and even with the machine bed, if you have any irregularities where the table meets the machine bed or holes you should apply low tack painters tape to smooth these out or use a Supreme Slider Mat.

When using rulers make sure that your quilt is tensioned correctly, it is better to have a slightly firm quilt than a loose quilt when using rulers.

Remember that every stitch of quilting that we sew draws in our quilt, so it is always necessary when quilting to make slight adjustments as we go so that our pattern sews out correctly.

When using rulers it is best to slow down.

When holding the template on the quilt do not push so hard that you restrict the movement of the machine

Template Care

Store your Templates flat or in a template rack out of direct sunlight.

Clean your Templates with Isopropyl (eyeglass cleaner) or warm soapy water. Do not use anything that contains ammonia.

Clear Cast Acrylic can break if you drop it.

Template Use

Our 1/4" thick acrylic Templates are designed to work with Long Arm Machines on a quilting frame, fitted with a Ruler Hopping Foot. The Foot has a full circle base (collar) designed to run against a 1/4" thick template. Where necessary, we have provided a drop box containing a list of suitable machines. Our Templates also come in 4.5mm and 3mm for Domestic Sewing Machines using the Westalee Ruler Foot.

The Sit Down Machines can use the majority of the templates sold from our web site provided they have the correct hopping foot.

The throat size on your machine can be a factor in your choice of template, especially the rotating templates.

If you want more information about using templates on your Sit Down Long arm machine or on your Domestic Sewing Machine, go to the Domestic Ruler page or send us an email with your contact number including area code and some details on your machine. Email Here