The latest news (Dec. 2014)on using a ruler foot with Berninas is here: Tutorial for using Janome Ruler Foot on Berninas.
EDITED! (in 2013) It seems it may be the #75 adapter that is needed, not the #77, but I am awaiting confirmation from a few sources. If you ordered wrongly because of my advice I am so sorry. I am a Janome girl and was trying my best to figure it out.
Edit Update: (also in 2013) KaKnitter reports: "Great News, the #75 adaptor works with some modifications. The Free motion convertible set has a slant on it and the adaptor does not slip in all the way unless you metal file down a little bit of the #75 adaptor. My dear husband fined tune it perfectly. I am thrilled. :)" So dear readers, it seems that there is a way to make this foot work on the Berninas. Note: I now recommend the method in the first link above before this method.
I showed her my ruler toe for the Janome Convertible Free Motion Foot Set and she agreed that it looked to be a well designed foot for what I was doing. She also offered to try out one of my rulers with other Bernina feet to see how they worked with the rulers. But I didn't exactly have a ruler to spare.
She suggested that Bernina owners might want to try the Embroidery Foot #26 as it has a little rim around the closed toe, however, she was concerned that since the foot had a small opening for the needle, that there might be opportunity for the foot to be pushed by the ruler enough to break the needle on the foot.
She thought that using the shank adapter for Bernina machines so that the Janome foot could be used would be the safest choice. They did not have an adapter foot at the show, so we couldn't see how well the Janome foot would work on it. There are two shank adapter feet for Bernina machines; the #75 and the #77.
After perusing the extensive list of feet and accessories at the Bernina site, I am thoroughly and completely overwhelmed! Wow! There's quite a selection.
|Some of my first attepts at ruler work in 2011|
So I am hoping we have a Bernina owner who will try the
Bernina owners can certainly use their regular free motion feet for ruler work like many others, especially when first starting with ruler work. But please, try raising the foot a bit to decrease the chance of the ruler slipping under the needle.
I also talked to a Husqvarna-Viking dealer and got thoroughly confused. According to her, it all depended which model you had whether other manufactures' feet would work on these machines. Sounds like they've got some unique features that sense fabric thickness among other things that could cause problems, but there are other options too for FMQ.
It looks as if these two manufacturers might be the hardest to fit with a good FMQ specifically for ruler work. See the post: Foot Questions for Free Motion Ruler Work for more general info on feet for this technique, especially on other brands. Also I mentioned in a previous post that Patsy Thompson had modified a Juki foot for free motion ruler work.
I am looking forward to hearing from other quilters about these feet and their experiences with them on their machines. If you've got some insight to these machines, I'd love to hear it!