It was clear that using the freemotion (darning) foot and an ordinary quilting ruler wasn't going to work. I'd read enough that I wasn't even tempted to try and see if I could get it to work.
The blog I keep going back to is Amy's Freemotion Quilting Adventures in one post (here) she talked about using a combination of Janome feet on a Bernina. I thought there must be an easier way.
And there is .. an Australian company Westalee Design has designed a foot and rulers for domestic sewing machines. After watching their video, I ordered the foot and ruler and a week later it arrived.
|Westalee foot and ruler|
For the foot to work on my Bernina 440 a Bernina 'low shank adaptor foot' is required, which I already have. Following their great instructions, attached the foot and was off ...
... had a bit of a play ...
Then onto a mini neonates quilt. While I could have achieved the same result with a walking foot, it was a great trial.
|using Aurifil 50wt thread|
I found it easier to hold the ruler when it was on the left handside of the foot. On the righthand side it tended to move abit - probably as I'm left handed. Would also help it I stuck on the non-slip strip that came with the ruler!
So now more practice and experimentation, although this will need to wait until I've finished my knitted quilt.