Has anyone else wondered about the curve master foot? Heard about it, but not really sure what the advantages are of using it? If you’ve been following along with Alyssa‘s Totally Groovy quilt along and the fabulous tutorials that have been shared by Kate and Jacquie, then you already know that there are a couple different ways to piece perfect curves every time.
I decided to put my brand spankin’ new curve master foot to the test.
I started by trying to figure out how to attach the plastic foot to my machine with the little box of adapters that are given to you. If you, like me, have a Bernina, then the answer to that question is ‘NONE’. I referred to the Curve Master site, which recommended that I purchase the ‘Ruffler’ foot for my machine and then screw the curve master foot to the ruffler shank and use it that way. Unfortunately, the ruffler foot is $130. That seems like a bit of a stretch for a more convenient way to sew curves.
After talking with my (seriously AMAZING) Bernina dealer, they recommended I go with the $25 Bernina shank adapter. So, Bernina-ites, DON’T BUY THE RUFFLER. Unless you can use it for something else. In which case I would love to see how you use it
But, on to the tutorial! Once you figure out how to attach your cool new foot to your machine, It is time to gather up your supplies:
Curve Master Foot
Templates for your inner and outer curve
Fabric for inner and outer curve
Teeny rotary cutter to make cutting those curves go a bit quicker
Other sewing notions you would normally have laying around (scissors, thread etc)
1: Cut your inner and outer curves from fabric (side note: If you have templates from the retro flower quilt along, they work PERFECTLY for the Groove quilt. How awesome is that?!)
6: Knot your thread and begin sewing your curve. Don’t pull or stretch the fabric. Gently guide your inner and outercurve under the presser foot, keeping both edges touching the 1/4″ guide. I found it VERY helpful to keep the inner curve lifted significantly above the outer curve. It made the guiding easier and the seams more accurate.
7: As you come to the end, use your tweezers instead of your fingers to guide your inner curve under the needle.
9: Ta da! You have a perfectly pieced curve with no pins and very little hassle. I had an amazing sense of accomplishment admiring all of those pretty curves By my second or third go round, these were going really fast. Anything that can save me a little bit of time is worth every penny! And the confidence boost of seeing beautiful, perfect curves makes using this foot a really pleasant experience.
If you are in the mood for a little giveaway, stop by Alyssa’s blog and see what she has been cooking up for you! (hint – it involves some adorable ‘Dear Stella’ fabrics!)