To determine if your machine is a high shank or low shank machine, you need to measure the distance between the bottom of the presser foot and the thumb screw ( the screw that holds the foot in place.) Follow these steps to measure the shank length.
- Lower the presser foot down.
- Take a measuring tape and measure from the bottom of the presser foot to the center of the thumb screw.
- If the distance is ¾” or shorter (most will be ½”), then you have a low shank machine.
- If the distance is 1” or longer, you have a high shank machine.
Once you know the shank height, you can purchase the correct ruler foot for FMQ. Either high shank or low shank. You can’t use a high shank foot on a low shank machine and vice versa, so be sure to purchase the correct type.
We hope this has helped you understand the different types of quilting and the different feet available to achieve these different quilting styles. Our goal is to inspire and help you reach your full quilting abilities.
Remember, with a bit of practice and determination; you can figure out all the different types of quilting and create beautiful quilts for yourself and your loved ones. You can always use our Free Motion Quilting Templates to make the process easier!