Made from 1/4-inch thick acrylic with etched markings, use this nested oval set B to make curved lines, flower blocks, looped border designs, etc. This ruler makes an 8-inch wave from peak to peak and makes either 3/4-inch or 1-3/4-inch deep waves. Ruler packaging includes instructions for use, safety tips and design ideas.
Ruler Safety Tips to Keep In Mind:
- Ruler bases are required for accurate and safe use of rulers. The base surrounds the throat bed of your machine and creates a larger, flat working area that will serve as a stable surface to place your ruler. Without the ruler base the ruler may tip and cause the needle to come in contact with the ruler. The base also enhances your ability to do precise ruler work.
- Use only 1/4” thick acrylic rulers that are intended to be used as rulers. DO NOT use your rotary cutting type ruler as a ruler for quilting (this type of ruler is usually only 1/8” thick). Quilting rulers are 1/4” thick. If you use a ruler thinner than 1/4”, the hopping foot could hop over the edge of the ruler and result in needle and or machine damage. Use only 1/4” thick acrylic rulers (or whatever thickness is recommended by the manufacturer of your machine) that are intended for use while quilting.
- Ruler work uses three-point pressure: 1-Press the hopping foot against the ruler. 2-Press ruler against hopping foot. 3-Press down on ruler base (not so hard that you have difficulty moving the needle, but with sufficient pressure to give you a secure feel).
- GO SLOW! Ruler work is a precision process not a high-speed process. If you slow down you’ll be able to adjust your ruler position as you quilt and greatly enhance your accuracy.
- Don’t “out stitch” your ruler. Your fingers should always be positioned on the ruler near the hopping foot. If your finger pressure is not close enough to where the quilting is happening then you don’t have sufficient control of the ruler. Either stop and reposition your fingers or walk your fingers along the ruler as you stitch.
- The ideal hand position is to have your dominant hand on your machine's handles and your non-dominant hand holding the ruler. That said, work with rulers in a way that is comfortable and productive for you.