More and more quilters are now using rulers for quilting their projects and those rulers require an Open Toe Ruler Foot that runs along the edge of the ruler itself.
These rulers and feet are made for two types of domestic sewing machines, those with a high shank and those with a low shank. The shank is the metal rod that the presser foot holder attaches to.
How to determine a high shank vs a low shank
Why does this matter? Well, the higher the shank the more bulk you can get under your machine.
To determine how high your shank is measure from the center of the screw hole to the needle bed of the machine with the machine in the foot down position.
The majority of low-end sewing machines have a low shank and the more expensive machines mostly have a high shank. There are also slant shank machines (Singer) and there might be a slant shank open toe foot available somewhere if you look for one.
Baby Lock Shanks and Rulers
ABQ Sewing Studio is a Baby Lock dealership. Our own Baby Lock Rulers for low shank machines use a ruler that is 3/16″ thick. Our Baby Lock high shank rulers are ¼” thick.
You can use a low shank ruler on a high shank machine if using Baby Lock rulers but don’t try that with a Westalee ruler because their low shank rulers are very thin and there’s a good chance the ruler might slide under the foot. That’s because the foot does hop a little bit while stitching.
A high shank ruler will not work with a low shank machine no matter what brand ruler you are using.
If sometime in the future you graduate to a long arm machine your high shank rulers can be used on your new machine. The ¼” depth is the standard for long arm machines.
The rules for rulers are simple
High shank rulers for high shank and long arm machines.
Low shank rulers for low shank machines.
If you use Baby Lock brand rulers your low shank rulers, which are thicker than the Westalee rulers, can also be used on a high shank machine or a long arm machine. Talk about a value-added bonus!
ABQ Sewing Studio carries Baby Lock sewing machines and accessories. Drop by or call today. Here’s how you can find us.