Sunday, February 22, 2015

Do You Long To Be A Long-Arm-er?

Are you like me in that you love your domestic sewing machine for free motion quilting, but you lack the space to own a long-arm machine and you wish you could do so many of the cool things that long-arm quilters can do?  Then help has arrived in the form of Westalee Design of Australia.  I recently had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Bill and Leonie West, the owners and creators of this company, and they are one of the most engaging and dedicated couples I've had the pleasure to know.

I had ordered one of their brand new quilting feet (pictured above) that can be fitted to a domestic machine and which will enable you to use straight-edge and curved rulers for quilting; I then went through their on-line catalogue to order some specialty rulers.  I had a question about one of the rulers, so I emailed the company.  Within a few hours, Bill phoned me (!) to answer my question and help me place the order -- how's THAT for service?  I also spoke to Leonie, who gave me invaluable advice on using the foot and the rulers with my machine -- I own a Bernina 1530, a really old work-horse of a machine, and Bill and Leonie told me that this new foot would open up a whole world of possibilities.

Do check out their website, Westalee Design, by clicking here, to learn more about these great new feet; the Wests have a beautifully designed catalogue for all their products, plus some wonderful videos showing you how to use the templates on both domestic and long-arm machines.  Regardless of your type of quilting machine, you'll find something wonderful to help you enhance and improve your machine quilting experience.



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