What Can You Create with HQ Rulers and Templates?

Use HQ rulers with any brand longarm quilting machine. They are made with precision from high-quality acrylic, chosen for its strength, clarity and durability. HQ rulers are etched, not printed, to provide long-lasting accuracy when quilting.

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Using Longarm Rulers and Templates

  • Use only ¼”-thick rulers with your machine. This thickness ensures safety when used with a hopping foot. No rotary-cutting rulers!

  • Use a ruler base or extended table for stabilization.

  • Keep the ruler flat and quilt only where ruler is held securely. Avoid losing control by walking your hand along the ruler or stopping and repositioning your hand and the ruler.

  • Apply gentle three-point pressure to the ruler. (1) Press ruler against any side of the hopping foot. (2) Press machine against ruler. (3) Press ruler against the ruler base with only as much force as necessary to keep the ruler from slipping. Too much pressure will keep the machine from moving.

  • The quilting line is approximately ¼” away from the ruler edge for most machines. The markings on HQ rulers take this into consideration.

  • Set the machine to stop in the needle-down position to keep the machine from moving while making adjustments with the ruler.

Other Resources About Working with Rulers:

Visit the Handi Quilter YouTube Channel
The HQ Studio Educators have created dozens of ruler tutorials to get you started.

Christina Cameli stitches free-motion straight lines using rulers.
Christina Cameli mixes rulers with free motion stitches to accurately stitch a variety of waves.
Blogger and teacher Christina Cameli shares ideas for making arcs in free-motion quilting.
See Handi Quilter Rulers in the Modern Quilt Guild’s video series Fresh Quilting.
Become an MQG member to watch online resources, episodes are also available on DVD.