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Twin Needle Ruler Quilting With a Long Arm Machine

Life has been very busy lately with teaching, making teaching samples and a recent attendance at Quilt Canada in Halifax. As a BERNINA Brand Ambassador in Canada, I decided that I would like to demonstrate Twin Needle Ruler Quilting With a Long Arm Machine at the Bernina Canada booth.

Twin needle ruler quilting really is amazing!

BERNINA Canada Booth at Quilt Canada!

BERNINA Canada booth at Quilt Canada 2023

              BERNINA Canada Booth, Quilt Canada 2023, I count 3 Long Arm Machines!

Demonstrating Free Motion Quilting at Quilt Canada, ruler quilting

                                              Demonstrating on a Q24 at Quilt Canada

Twin Needle Ruler Work On A BERNINA Q20 & Studio Frame

To be very effective at twin needle ruler quilting with a long arm machine, you must use 3 or 4 mm twin needles, the Adjustable Ruler Foot Adjustable Ruler Foot with Slit #72S or the Ruler Foot #96  and the Twin Needle Plate for the Q Series Long Arm Machines (BERNINA Q24 , Q16 or Q20) & any 1/4″ thick machine quilting rulers. I used BERNINA & Amanda Murphy rulers for this sample. In addition, you will also need the Ruler Work Kit installed on your BERNINA Q Series Machine.  A photo of my demo sampler quilt is shown below:

Image of Ruler Foot #96.

Ruler Foot #96

Versatile foot for ruler quilting ✓ Use with 1/4” thick rulers ✓ Markings allow for precise positioning ✓ Universal free-motion quilting foot ✓ 

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Image of Adjustable Ruler Foot with Slit #72S.

Adjustable Ruler Foot with Slit #72S

Switch foot without cutting the thread ✓ For quilting with 1/4-inch-thick rulers ✓ For free-motion quilting ✓ Combine with Couching Inserts for couching ✓ For 5.5 mm and 9 mm machines ✓

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Twin Needle Free Motion Ruler Sampler Quilt

Sampler Quilt Including Twin Needle Ruler Free Motion Quilting with a BERNINA  Q20

Twin Needle Long Arm Work & Supplies

                           Twin Needle Ruler Work with Two Colours of Thread & Twin Needles

Ruler Work with Twin Needle on a Bernina Q20 Long Arm

                      Working with The BERNINA Clamshell Ruler & a Twin Needle

Tips for Success

Some important notes to remember when trying this technique to ensure even stitches:

  • The BERNINA Q Series stitch plate for twin needle is suitable for working with 3 and 4 mm twin needles. It is easy to insert and has openings for the BSR sensors
  • You must thread the machine correctly.
  • I recommend to watching this video Threading for Twin Needles
  • Pull the bobbin thread up to the top when you start, only one of the needle threads to pull up the bobbin thread and tie your threads off. Do the same at the end of the stitching
  • One thing to consider is the back may not look as pristine as the front . There is a zig zag look on the back with two threads capturing the bobbin thread. If this is a concern, I recommended using busy fabric on the back of your quilt or fabric
Back of Quilt, Twin Needle Work showing

                                          Twin Needle Ruler Quilting Showing Back of Quilt

  • There are so many design possibilities with this technique, you could showcase this on a tote bag, placemat, pillow or home decor item as well
  • The twin needle allows a quilter the ability to cover more space in a shorter amount of time
  • If you stitch horizontally, you will get a straight line therefore I like to choose curvilinear designs for this reason. 
  • If you use  two different colours of thread in the twin needles you get a very creative, colourful effect
  • If you stitch a straight line vertically you will also get the double needle effect, see my samples below
Twin Needle Ruler Work, Twin Needle Quilting, Twin Needle Free Motion Quilting

                         Twin Needle Free Motion Quilting with Straight Vertical and Wavy Lines

Twin Needle Meandering, straight and wavy line quilting

                               Twin Needle Meandering, Straight & Wavy Line Quilting

I hope you enjoyed this post about Twin Needle Ruler Quilting With a Long Arm Machine.  Think of the possibilities of what you can do by just giving it a try.  Suggested ideas for practise: quilt up a big quilt sandwich with twin needle free motion or ruler work quilting and make pot holders, make up bags, tote bags, decorator pillows, oven mitts and so much more. The possibilities are endless and so is the fun!






Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: Weekend
Used Products:
Adjustable Ruler Foot with Slit #72S
Adjustable Ruler Foot with Slit #72S
Ruler Foot #96
Ruler Foot #96
Ruler foot # 96
Ruler foot # 96
Ruler work kit
Ruler work kit
Ruler Kit Table
Ruler Kit Table
Ruler Kit Longarm
Ruler Kit Longarm

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