In 2008 when we began making templates for Longarm quilting, it quickly became obvious that quilters had difficulty stitching around the outside of circles and other shapes. I have always believed that it is much easier to draw inside a shape than around the outer edge. So we designed our templates to be stitched around the inside.
This left another problem, longarm machines could not entre the inside of the template. The answer to this problem was the invention of the unique Westalee Design Key System, a key that when removed allows the ruler foot to be placed inside the template, when the key is replaced the opening is closed and the quilting line can be sewn without any unsightly flat spots.
Ruler foot is not included and must be purchased separately if you do not already own the foot
The Sew Steady Westalee Templates are custom made to order, and usually leave the warehouse in 5-7 business days after your order is placed
Westalee Rope Template samples. Westalee Design Rope Templates come in a wide variety of sizes and each template comes with an echo option. Some samples are shown here.
1) Place stable tape on the underside of your template at locations that would be pressure points when holding the template in place while sewing
2) Determine the desired placement of your template design within the block
3) Place the template at the beginning point of your desired design – make note of the markings on the template that you are using to create a consistent design
a. Make sure that your needle is in the middle of the foot to insure that you are sewing ¼ inch off the template edge
b. Place the ruler foot snugly against the template and pull your bobbin thread to the top
c. Begin sewing keeping the ruler foot touching the template, and tracing around the outside edge of the template
d. Once you are at the end of the template leave the needle down and move the template, line back up on the markings you selected and repeat this pattern until the end of the design, or the end of the block
4) You may also use the dashed etched markings on the template to echo and / or offset your design (see A) by lining up the template on the stitch line you just made then use the selected etching on the template to create the echo or offset design.
I was totally satisfied with my experience. I sent a lot of time at the site and found it very easy to navigate. It would be nice, though, if there was a separate category for the Westalee products that would allow a shopper to see all of the products at once without continued re-searching. I probably would have purchased more items if it would have been easier to compare choices.
Rene S, Lothian MD
Thanks. I'm enjoying the new quilting "toys". The videos are very helpful.