Check Out Her Curves: Curve Master Presser Foot Tutorial

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.
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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
Tweezers
Other sewing notions you would normally have laying around (scissors, thread etc)
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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?!)

2: Attach your foot to your machine
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3: Lay your inner and outer curves right side up on your machine with the outer curve on your left
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4: Align the top edge of your inner curve and outer curve with right sides together
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5: Place your curve under your curve master foot. Make sure your outer curve is on the BOTTOM and that the edges are aligned with and touching the 1/4″ guide
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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.
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7: As you come to the end, use your tweezers instead of your fingers to guide your inner curve under the needle.

8: Press your new perfectly pieced curve. There is no need to clip, simply press the seam toward the inner curve
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(ignore my knot – my machine and I disagreed about how it should turn out :( )

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.
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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!)

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90 Responses to Check Out Her Curves: Curve Master Presser Foot Tutorial

  1. 51
    Fran says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Now sewing curves isn’t quite so scary.

  2. 52
    Vivian says:

    Interesting, thanks. I may have to get one and experiment now.

  3. 53
    Karen says:

    You make it look so easy. I love patterns with curves.

  4. 54

    This is awesome, thank you! I picked up a curve master when I was on holiday but had been too scared to try it LOL! One question… why am I making a knot and how do I make a knot?

  5. 55
    sandyb says:

    Great information – this is something I could do if I retired my 29 year old pfaff. Thank you – Wonderful!!!

  6. 56
    Misty West says:

    I love your comments and usage of smiley faces….I think in smiley faces often and disagree with my machine daily!

  7. 57
    Jenny says:

    Awesome tutorial. That foot is so cool!

  8. 58
    Rebecca says:

    I haven’t tried curves yet but am pinning this for reference when I do. :)

  9. 59
    jen says:

    you make that look so easy!

  10. 60
    Linda says:

    HUGS FROM ALYSSA !
    LOVE YOUR BLOG !

  11. 61
    Christine Piepmeier says:

    Great tutorial, Amanda. I have one of these and need to try it out again.

  12. 62
    Jen says:

    That does seem easy! Where do you get one of these feet?

  13. 63
    Lori Olson says:

    Wow, looks easy but I don’t think I’m ready to tackle it!

  14. 64
    Gwen Windham says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! I think I need to get one of those feet!! :)

  15. 65
    Georgia says:

    I have one of these and have had no luck with it at all. Grrr! :-/ It seems to eat my fabric at the beginning and then I can’t seem to manage getting it all lined up along the side where it’s supposed to go either. I’m going to give it another go after reading your tutorial because I desperately want to make the retro flowers quilt!

  16. 66
    Trish says:

    It looks simple and I’m comforted by the fact that your pieces ended up like mine do, not 100% matched at the end:)

  17. 67
    Bent Needle says:

    Wow, how cool! I’d never even heard of such a thing. Your photos are amazingly clear, too – awesomeness.

  18. 68
    Haley says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’m considering an orange peel pattern as my next quilt, and this will be super handy!

  19. 69
    Rhonda Desgranges says:

    What a wonderful tutorial!!!! I have been wrestling for weeks
    with some miniature (2″) drunkard’s path blocks. I have been
    doing them by hand. It is just tough….I will do two or three
    at a time, then put it away for a while. Just hate all that
    pinning, and fighting with the fabric!! This looks like a real
    lifesaver. I will definitely have to do this!!!!!! Thank you
    so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 70
    Brooke says:

    That is a pretty nifty foot! It would be a fun one to try. I’m loving the no-pins curve piecing for Groove since I don’t have the Curve Master ;-)

  21. 71
    Beth T. says:

    Great tutorial. I absolutely agree with you about the Curvemaster foot–mine makes me feel like a genius!

  22. 72
    Nati says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, do you think the overall idea would work with a normal presser foot and doing it very very slowly? Love the groovy quilt but a bit too scared of it and all its curves yet.

  23. 73
    Deborah says:

    I’m stopping by to say, “Hi!” from Pile O’ Fabric. I looked in your side bar, but did not see a way to follow your blog via email. Did I miss it?

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  24. 74
    charlotte says:

    Thanks for the demo. I have been wondering how good this foot is.

  25. 75
    Peggy Gibbs says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks, Peggy

  26. 76
    Tara says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial!!

  27. 77
    Elisabetta says:

    you make seem this soooo easy, I have a quilting foot is it good as well? or do I need a transparent one?
    thanks for your tutorial and for the chance on the giveaway too =)

  28. 78
    Joan PR says:

    Cool foot, I’ll see if my LQS has one to match my sewing machine.

  29. 79
    Carla G says:

    What a great tutorial!! I’ll have to look into a foot like that for my machine. :)

  30. 80
    Peggy says:

    Very cool…looks like a great notion to have!

  31. 81
    Linda Meyers Gabbard says:

    That seems simple enough. Awesome job!!!

  32. 82
    Jodie says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! Will use!

  33. 83
    Alexandra says:

    I’m going to visit my Pfaff dealer in Paris on Monday to see what kind of fancy presser feet they have for me! Thanks for the great tutorial Amanda! Love your blog =)

  34. 84
    Margaret says:

    I have this foot and use it often. It works great and makes doing the curves so easy. Thanks for the tutorial.

  35. 85
    Terry says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I’ll have to check this foot out!

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    Beezus says:

    Love the tutorial. The president of my quilt guild was telling us about the curve master foot and I’m so glad to see how it works! :)

  37. 87
    Carmen says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial!

  38. 88
    Heather says:

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial. I’m gearing up to tackle some curves despite my fear.

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    MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial.

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    MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. This sounds like a useful presser foot.