The Free Motion Quilting Project: Get Your Foot the Right Height - Sit Down Sunday #6

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Get Your Foot the Right Height - Sit Down Sunday #6

Last week I shared a video on collage quilting with four different designs and I mentioned how important it is for your foot to be the right height over the quilt. So this week I have a new quilting video for you on adjusting your foot height:

You might not be able to find all of these feet on the Grace Frames website right now, but you can definitely call and ask about ordering them. Click Here to find the Grace Company contact info.

I love the open toe foot I'm using on the machine now because I can so clearly see the needle. I also love the ruler foot design because the thick side makes a very sturdy base for ruler foot quilting.

Adjusting the foot is simple - get it to the right position and tighten the screw - but sometimes it takes a little practice to get it just right. Take your time and don't rush this adjustment.

Also make sure to readjust the foot every time you change batting. Every batting has a different thickness so it's going to change how the foot rests on the quilt.

Yep, this foot is going to hop.

I don't think there's anything we can do about the hopping because it seems to be an integral function of the machine. But by adjusting your foot as low as possible without squishing the quilt, you will minimize the movement of the foot.

Also because the foot bases are so wide, the hopping doesn't bother me as much as it does on a home machine. I don't find it very distracting and it certainly hasn't stopped me from being able to echo quilt accurately and quilt many fun designs with this machine.

I hope this video has helped you understand how to adjust the foot on the Grace Qnique. Do you have any questions about this machine or how it works for quilting? Be sure to post in the comments below and I may make a video just to answer your question.

Let's go quilt!

Leah Day


  1. Really like this! And it gave me an idea to center and adjust height on my clarity ruler foot on DSM. I just couldn't get it right but followed you and nailed it! Thank you. Also made a midarm less scary. Thinking its on my horizon!

  2. I had decided not to watch this video because I know I will never get a longarm. but now that I've read JulieA's comment, I'm going to watch the video, because I just received my clarity ruler foot for my DSM. (though I won't actually be using it until May because I have a quilt to finish first using a walking foot)


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