Quilting Tools: Curved Piecing Foot

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Quilting | Comments


During your time quilting, have you ever worked with a curved piecing foot? This special presser foot allows quilters to sew together curves without using any pins.

Like every tool on the market, the curved piecing foot takes a little getting used to, but many quilters find it to be an invaluable tool for quilting curves.

Close Up of Hand Holding a Curved Piecing Foot

Photo via A Crafty Fox

The Curve Master Presser Foot was developed by Sandra Chandler, who wanted to sew a Drunkard’s Path quilt more accurately and without any pins. Typically, stitching together a convex curve with a concave curve can create wrinkles or cause stretching along the bias, making the blocks line up unevenly. But with the curved piecing foot, quilters should be able to get a perfect 1/4” seam along curves without using pins.

I’ve read a few reviews on the curved piecing foot, including some glowing and less favorable reviews. When comparing your experience with that of others, it’s important to make sure you follow the directions accurately in order to get the best results.

Some tips from the Curve Master Web site include:

  • Sewing with a stiffer fabric on top
  • Lifting the top layer of fabric as you sew
  • Using bent-tip tweezers to grasp the top fabric when you near the end of the curved block

Amanda of A Crafty Fox reviewed the curved piecing foot, and she found it to be a real time saver when sewing curves. After two to three Drunkard’s Path blocks, she says she started to get the hang of it, and was sewing perfect curves every time with no pins.

Many different shanks are available, so you can fit the presser foot to your specific machine.

Quilt with Curve Design Hanging on Clothesline

Jodi also reviewed the curved piecing foot on her blog, Sew Fearless. She says, “I definitely goofed up a good several times and had to pull out the seam ripper. I also had to go very slowly at first, but I was a little faster by the end.” After adjusting to sewing without pins, Jodi was able to finish her stunning Roads Quilt, seen above, pieced with several perfectly curved seams in each block.

Pale Pink-Hued Quilt with White Curved Lines

If you are feeling brave, you may wish to try this method of pinless curves with a regular quarter-inch foot.

Kate of Kate Conklin Designs shares her tips, along with a video tutorial, for how she sews curves without pins or a curved piecing foot. She used this method to piece together the blocks of her Grand Designs Quilt, seen above. “It can take a little bit of practice to get this down pat (especially on such a tight curve needing a high degree of accuracy), but it’s worth giving it a go because it could save you a lot of time,” she says.

Collection of Patterned Pieces in Process of Being Sewn

If you’ve given the curved piecing foot a try and it’s just not working for you, try Angela’s curved piecing tutorial. She relies on pins to sew accurate curves with edges that line up perfectly every time.

Ann Petersen, expert seamstress and instructor of the popular class Playing with Curves, says that, “a simple, gentle curve can be one of the easiest things you can sew.” It is simply a matter of getting a hang of it. There’s no right or wrong way to sew curves, and it’s important to try a few methods and see what works for you!

Patterned Pieces Patch Together, Two Circular Pieces in Middle

Have you ever sewn inset circles in a quilt block? These reverse circles in a pieced block by Cheryl Arkison give a fun pop of patchwork to quilts and other pieced projects. Cheryl teaches many methods for sewing curves and circles in her class Inset & Appliqué Circles by Machine.

Have you used a curved piecing foot to help with your quilting? Would you recommend it to others?

Comments

  1. North Seattle Donna says:

    I bought the Curve Master foot on recommendation from a friend and it really works great. A couple years later I worked at Sew Expo in Washington for Clare Rowley who owns Creative Feet and she has three AMAZING different presser feet that are used for many, many applications, including machine sewing binding that is flawless (IMHO). One of the Creative Feet presser feet is used by the instructor of Stupendous Stitching here on Craftsy, but the most interesting part I learned about these two companies is Creative Feet had their foot “infringed” upon by the Curve Master folks because she had not sought out a patent for it. Both feet work great for curves, but I use my Creative Feet more because the same presser foot does so much more than just curves so I don’t have to constantly be taking the foot on and off.

  2. I would like to try this new Foot , please advise how to purchase and price.

    Thank you Marilyn

  3. LOU BROWDER says:

    can you please send information on where to buy this foot.
    Thanks
    Lou

  4. Maggi Oswald says:

    I saw the CurveMaster foot demonstrated at the Houston Quilt Festival. I love the Drunkard’s Path pattern, so I bought the foot. I like it very much. It takes a little bit of practice to get the hang of it, but you can sew curves without pins. I am right now working on a Radiant Suns block (think Drunkard’s Path on with four curved seams per block). It takes about 15 minutes to stitch.

    I also found that my # 57 foot for my Bernina woks equally as well, once you get the hang of holding the fabric.

  5. Wondering if Viking has one for the Designer 1…..will have to look this up for SURE!! never heard of it….sounds very practical with curves! Thanks

  6. Debora says:

    Will the foot work on any brand of sewing machine?

  7. Cathy Jo says:

    http://www.creativefeet.com has videos of how they work and info on purchasing

  8. Jennifer Rossotti says:

    Does anyone know if this presser foot is available for a high shank machine?

  9. Teresa Harper says:

    is this available for Baby Lock machines?

  10. Sybil says:

    I love the gray meandering quilt shown above. Where can I find the pattern?