Template size: 10-1/2" x 3" (Photo by Margie Campbell)
The Line Tamer
As a fairly new longarm quilter, I quickly discovered that if I concentrated on guiding the machine, I lost control of the template. And if I concentrated on holding the template, the hopping foot wandered off. It occurred to me that it would be a lot easier if the hopping foot was constrained on both sides. Thus was born my first model. I was delighted with the results, and hope you will be too.
** The Line Tamer template is now made from clear plastic. **
There are two sizes. One is for Gammill and APQS machines which have a hopping foot that's larger than 1/2". Most others have a 1/2" foot.
Price: $25.95 ($23.95 + $2 shipping) - 9/16" foot - Gammill, APQS, Tin Lizzie (new ruler foot)
Price: $25.95 ($23.95 + $2 shipping) - 1/2" foot - A1 (after 2004), Innova, Nolting, HandiQuilter, Prodigy, QuarterMaster
I used to absorb the difference in international shipping, but with the last round of increases at the post office I can no longer do that. Currently, the shipping to Australia and Europe is $12.75, which is $10.75 more than I include in the price above. Shipping to Canada is $8.55
Rather than billing for an extra $10+ (which I think is somewhat obscene...) I'll offer the following: Order any one of my $9 patterns in addition to the template, and I'll ship both template and pattern. That way, I get most of the difference, and you get something for your money.
Canada only: If you don't want a pattern, I can invoice you an additional $6. Just let me know.
"Snug Up" the Fit
The slot in the template is sized about 1/32" larger than the machine foot. This doesn't sound like much, but it may be more play than you'd prefer. A simple way to tighten the fit is to run a piece of Quilter's Tape along the entire inside edge. This tape is 1/4" wide masking tape, and is widely available at crafts and quilting stores.
Stitch in the Ditch, Cross Hatching
Center the line you want to stitch on. (The etched line at the end of the template can help.) For crosshatching, once you have the first line, you can use the lines etched every 1/2" on the template to position others.
Just align the seam with the edge of the slot, and you'll be stitching 1/4" away.
Using the Edge
Are you already comfortable using a straight edge? You'll find this template provides you with a secure grip other templates lack. Using the bottom leg, you can hold and move the template easily, while keeping your fingers clear of the hopping foot.
Name That Template Contest has a Winner
After receiving almost 400 possible names, I chose "The Line Tamer", suggested by Lisa Burghart of Lafayette, NJ. Thanks Lisa! Most important is that the name implies its use, and is easy to remember. Then there's the fact that it sounds like "lion tamer", perfect for a company named Four Paws Quilting.