As the holidays approach and we wait patiently for our new granddaughter to make her arrival any day now, I've been keeping myself busy by working on my ever-growing stack of quilt tops waiting to be quilted.
A few months ago, I purchased this special foot for my Juki that enables me to do ruler work on this sit-down machine. It is a hopping foot just like the ones you see on a long-arm machine and it is a full 1/4" high so it rides safely along the edge of the 1/4" high quilting rulers (I use these rulers).
I am slowly gaining confidence as I get used to doing ruler work, and I just love the control that I have with these rulers. But, as always, there was one thing that was bugging me...
As this foot hops up and down, it rubs against the side of the ruler, producing a chirping/squeaking noise not unlike fingernails on a chalkboard. Now, I admit, I am probably much tenser than I should be, and am holding the ruler way too tight against the foot... but I'm afraid if I lighten up my grip too much the foot will lose contact with the ruler. I've tried relaxing, but the squeak keeps coming back every few seconds.
But wait - there's a solution!!!
That's right! Good old car wax! I just rubbed a light coating on the outside surface of the foot, where it contacts the ruler, let it dry to a haze, then buffed it out with a soft cloth. The squeak is gone!!!
Plus, there's an added bonus! The foot glides along the ruler much more smoothly now. I didn't realize how much drag and resistance was created when it squeaked. The car wax reduced all that friction and my quilting is much smoother, and QUIET!
I'm sure I'll have to re-wax it from time to time, but it only takes a couple of minutes, and is really worth the extra effort. So if you have a squeaky foot, try the wax!