Below are links to the posts I have done about using long arm rulers on a stationary machine. The machine can be a regular domestic sewing machine or one of the sit-down style long arm machines. It takes practice, but it can be done and yields some great results!
Ideally, you want a foot made for use with rulers. It can be done without a ruler-type foot, but should the ruler slip under or over the foot you can break a needle and possible throw your machine out of timing. (This means the hook and needle are no longer in the right place at the right time to form a stitch.) But here's a nifty way of doing ruler work without a ruler foot that is safer than most: No Ruler Foot? No Problem!
Using rulers on a stationary machine when free motion quilting is still a bit of an out-of-the-box technique and if you don't have a proper ruler foot, you may need to try some out-of-the-box thinking about the feet that are available; try different feet, different height of the foot (usually higher), a different needle position to use with a different brand's foot, etc. See the Tutorial for Using the Janome Ruler Toe on Berninas for ideas.
Sit-down long arm systems have this type of foot available.
The Janome 'ruler toe' is part# 767-434-005 and fits on the convertible free motion foot set for either high shank machines, low shank machines, or the 1600 convertible set. Newer, high-end Janomes come with their own version of the Convertible Free Motion Quilting Foot set, but can use the Ruler Toe from the Frame Quilting Foot set also.
Foot Questions for Doing Free Motion Ruler Work
Free Motion Quilting with Rulers, an Update
This blog post Tutorial for Using the Janome Ruler Toe on Berninas is the most current information on a ruler foot for Berninas. Follow it up with information on a new ruler foot from Parrs Reel Ruler.
Bernina has also come out with a long arm machine which can use regular Bernina free motion feet. It is expected that the long arm's feet can also be used on regular Berninas and it has a foot for doing ruler work. No idea when it will be commonly available and it may take some creative settings adjustment unless Bernina also has some sort of software/settings adjustment.
The following post on Berninas still hold true if you don't use either option given in the two posts above: Free Motion Foot and Toe Follow Up (Mostly about Berninas) Also see the link for No Ruler Foot? No Problem!
Using Long Arm Rulers on a Sewing Machine
Cross Hatching Ruler Work on Sewing Machine
Video: Quilting with Ruler on a Sewing Machine
Quilting With Rulers on a Domestic Sewing Machine
Choosing Long Arm Rulers for Your Sewing Machine
New Rulers for Free Motion Quilting (Fine Line Rulers)
Video: Free Motion Quilting Curved Cross Hatching
Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure: Ruler Work, Week 1
Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure: Ruler Work, Week 2
Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure: Ruler Work, Week 3
Free Motion Monday Quilting Adventure: Ruler Work, Week 4
Parrs Reel Ruler Foot Review
I am so excited about the design potential of using free motion ruler work!
I have even set up a Pinterest board for ruler work and design inspiration.