It is important to handle the rulers properly to make your quilt look spectacular. The quilting machine should have an extended base. Make sure to mount a small plexiglass at the long arm of the machine’s throat to provide a larger surface area. You can also make use of rubber or sandpaper dots as an adhesive to reduce slipping in the ruler. It can also avoid the unwanted needle contact that way. It is imperative to obtain a proper grip when handling the ruler. When using a long arm machine and a ruler, make sure to coordinate your hand movements along the ruler to ensure stability.
Let the forefinger and thumb of your non-dominant hand be laid on the ruler. Take advantage of your other fingers to grasp the ruler’s edge at different points. Now, the region between your forefinger and thumb is known as the sweet spot. Establish control in this area for better safety and oversight. Allow these two fingers to point to the hopping foot all through the process. In the sequence, you might need to switch your hands. Use the dominant hand to hold. If suppose you are using a shorter ruler, then slide it as you quilt. However, never forget to keep the hopping foot between the sweet spot.
It is necessary to give the needed press to acquire stability while quilting. To arrive at the exact amount of pressure that needs to be applied on the ruler, you can try it on a piece of paper. Calculate the pressure in both stances. Find out how much force is required to move the paper as well as to prevent it from moving. The level at which both the pressure integrate should be applied to hold the ruler. The way you hold the ruler allows the machine to move freely. You can explore more ways to quilt by practicing good ruler control and safety.