Recently I purchased a Curve Master Presser Foot after Christina at The Sometimes Crafter recommended it for making her Retro Flowers Quilt. Having never pieced curves I thought it might be worth the investment and all the reviews that I could find were positive. Most people mentioned that it takes a few tries to get going but it took me forever.
Don't be discouraged if the foot's not working for you right away eventually you'll move beyond the miss-matched mess that you can see on those blocks above. I stuck with it and finally figured out how to get those perfectly sewn curves. Since most reviews just tell you how easy it is I thought I'd go through some things that helped me beyond this video.
- It's ok that the foot is loose, at least on my Janome the wiggling doesn't make a difference
- At first things might feel strange because you need to hold the two pieces apart while attempting to not stretch fabric cut on the bias, after a while you'll get used to it but don't get frustrated when the instinct to hold your fabric together takes over
- I find having the "crust" or concave piece on the bottom and the "pie" or convex piece on top to gives me the best view
- Sew slowly, you're going to have to pay attention to more things than usual so give yourself a break until you have the technique down pat
- Buy the tweezers, they'll save your fingers
All in all I'm happy with my new presser foot and I'd recommend it to anyone like me who's never pieced curves before or who just doesn't want to fuss with pins. Now I'd better get back to piecing the rest of the blocks for my Retro Flowers since it's supposed to be a Christmas gift.