Longarm Machine & Foot Information
In order to properly use our stitch guides, templates and rulers for the Longarm quilting machine you need to be sure of three things:
1. The hopping foot of the machine needs to be capable of gliding along the edge of the tool on all sides of the foot. All of the longarm gadgets are placed on top of the quilt and the hopping/presser foot is placed against the edge then stitched along the edge.
Note: To check out your foot's ruler thickness compatibility yourself, take two regular rotary cutting (1/8" thick) rulers, place one on top of the other and put the stack next to your machine's foot. Rotate the wheel BY HAND and be sure your foot will not slip under or jump over the stack. You will want to try the stack in all positions around the foot - front, back, right and left. If your foot it jumping over the ruler, add a 3rd rotary cutting ruler to your stack and try again.
2. An attachment that enlarges the base area of the machine is needed. The extension should extend outward from the needle in all directions for best results. The longarm gadgets are placed on top of the quilt and rest upon this base.
3. The foot has a straight shank; so that you can stitch completely around a circle or oval without changing it's shape.
- Tin Lizzie makes a base that "nearly" fits the Viking. Customers report it's worth looking into.
- Bailey Pro uses the standard tools ( for a 1/2" wide foot in 1/4" thick acrylic) with its Lollypop plate and multi purpose foot.
- Innova owners can use 1/4" thick tools provided the foot is dropped to a dime's height off the plate.
- Nolting's Hobby Quilter owners should use rulers meant to be stitched around the outside only, as the foot doesn't allow easy maneuvering inside the rulers with cut outs. Owners have advised that 3/8" thickness seems to work best with these machines.
- Bernina now has Ruler Foot #96 that works with acrylic rulers.
(which means the needle stitches 1/4\" from the edge of the foot)
If you are quilting on a: Gammill, Handi-Quilter 16, A-1, Nolting made after 1995, APQS with 1/2" wide foot, Bailey Pro, Prodigy (though some Prodigy owners prefer 3/8" thick acrylic) or a 9" straight stitch heavy duty home sewing .
If you are quilting on a: Pre 1995 Nolting (which has a higher hop), Innova or a Prodigy and prefer the 3/8" thick acrylic.
Example machines: APQS with 3/4" wide foot and white "O" ring adapter.
NOTE: Your foot is wider than the standard 1/2" foot & you will need to allow for that when using standard templates. IE: When you go all the way around a 3" circle, you get a 3 3/4" stitched line.
If you are quilting on an: Ultimate II & have the Ult. II foot
NOTE: Your foot is wider than the standard 1/2" foot & you will need to allow for that when using standard templates. IE: When you go all the way around a 3" circle, you get a 3 7/8" stitched line.
If, after reading the information on this page about machines/foot sizes, you are not sure if you can use these gadgets, please contact us with your questions.