The “rest of the story”……………….

Yesterday’s tease really wasn’t nice….was it. A strange looking foot and some very nice looking rulers. Let me delve into this a bit more. My search for a “ruler foot” for my Juki 2010 has taken me to many sites. Juki does not have one available specifically for this machine, so the ‘Westalee’ foot’ and another version (see here) range in price from $55 to $70 are possibilities. There are those who have discovered that the ruler foot, w/ the additional adaptor, made for the Janome Horizon will work. All a bit cost prohibitive when one then goes to purchase the specialty rulers to be used with this foot!

   Enter my “think creatively/outside the box” mode. 2 free motion/darning feet came with the machine.

.    In the above photo, you see the 2 items (that have springs and appear identical?). I figured I could take the larger one and modify it.

Important disclaimer: I assume no liability for such a modification to your machine. There are always risks when modifications are made after-market. Please, follow the package directions precisely to achieve a secure bonding!

Step 1: A quick trip to the hardware store for the “glue” and the items needed to add the necessary height/thickness to that “flat” foot. 

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Ready. I figured it would take 2 of the washers (stacked) to give me the perfect measurement with the existing part of the foot……….





Step 2: Following the JB Weld epoxy directions, the washers were “welded”/glued in place, allowed to dry and left to “cure”/rest til the next day, when I wanted to do some SID (stitch in the ditch) and “piano key” border. Photo proof………

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And the final border…………..

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Thread: (top) Mettler poly-sheen, 50 wt (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly, 70 wt. Batting: Hobbs Heirloom,cotton/poly (80/20). This was sewn and quilted on my Juki TL2010Q with a #14 “topstitch” needle.

But….. I’m not quite finished! The rulers I used were developed by and purchased from ‘fellow’ quilter/friend, Kelly Cline. Awesome!!!!! See the above link to view videos demo-ing their use. A “two-fer” is offered right now! My hands are small and moving both the fabric and the rulers using a DSM (domestic sewing machine) can be a might tricky if the rulers are a tad too large). Also, it’s so nice to have rounded corners (to avoid ‘catching’ the fabric!!). Great design!!!! Important edit update: Kelly has added the 1/4″ guide to her rulers making them much easier to line up with the previous stitching for accurate/easier spacing between stitching lines!!


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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25 Responses to The “rest of the story”……………….

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  2. Jane says:

    There is a ruler foot for the Juki TL series
    Works great – does not hop – has clearance adjustment

  3. Debbierose says:

    Very resourceful Doreen

  4. You are one savvy and resourceful innovator.

  5. linda says:

    I am also interested in the story behind the elastic band.
    I have gotten so much info from your site and look forward to each new entry.
    thank you so much for sharing

  6. witchylin says:

    What a woman! You should patent your quilting brain. 😉
    Please tell me why you have an elastic band around the top part of the foot?

  7. Raewyn says:

    Interesting – looks like it works so well!! Thanks for sharing about the rounded rulers as well, I think my hand is normal sized (!) but quilting at a sit down machine means the big ones are often too big.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I’ve found that to be a bit of a challenge, too. Seems like the last little bit of stitching is beyond the point that I’ve got the ruler securely held. These rulers have beautifully finished edges!!!!!!

  8. Jeanne says:

    You did a great job of thinking outside the box! What a neat idea!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Hello!!!! It was one of those night time dream moments that I have very frequently (involving all things “quilty”…..imagine that!!! LOL!). Sending hugs………………

  9. Kay says:

    I did this for my previous LongArm a few years ago. Also made a “floating” foot by cutting a small circle of heavy duty clear vinyl and affixed it to bottom of foot with double sided tape. Good for when you have sharp edges in piecing or dimensional piecing. Acts similar to the cup feet available now.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Your comment pleases me beyond words!!!! You are a “kindred spirit”…for sure!! You bet there’s a way around these types of ‘hurdles’!!!! I do hope you come back for another visit!! Hugs…………….

  10. Thread crazy says:

    Great idea Doreen – yep we’ve been around these machines enough to think where there’s a will, there’s a way! Do you think these rulers will work with the HQ?? If not, then I’ll need to modify my Pfaff foot.

  11. Patti says:

    Genius! I was just at the Juki booth at Road to California. The National Sales Manager told me that they don’t make a ruler foot for my Juki, but that a “low shank” would work. I’m betting this invention of yours will do just fine! Thanks so much.
    Stitch on!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Well, the 2010 is a high shank and I’ve checked on other solutions and really don’t care for the $$$ necessary……sigh….LOL!!!! So glad you popped by!! Please, come again!!! Hugs…………..

  12. Patricia Dauphinee says:

    Your a freaking genius. Love it. Went to LQS this morning to see if I could get a foot for my big Pfaff – NO – they don’t make a ruler foot for it. This is so much better priced than buying a new foot. Now I can order Kelly’s rulers and give it a try. Wish our dollar was better it cost’s a lot more when it’s in Canadian $$$. thanks Doreen you saved my head from pounding against a brick wall.

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