The annual Craft and Quilt Show was on last week-end and I treated myself to a day off work and went last Friday. Apart from feasting my eyes on the beautiful quilts on display, I usually keep a lookout for things that I can’t readily buy from my local stores.
Sewing curves hasn’t yet been part of my skill set, but I recently saw a striking black and white quilt on Pinterest using a drunkard’s path block arranged in an abstract pattern and decided that I wanted to make one in a similar way (unfortunately I seem to have lost the pin!).
As I was walking past one of the stalls my attention was caught by a woman sewing drunkard’s path blocks. On closer inspection I realized that she was demonstrating a special sewing machine presser foot for sewing curves. I spent some time watching and it seemed to work. The selling point was that curves could be sewn without any pinning or matching centers and so on. I had been reading-up on how to sew drunkard’s path blocks and it seemed to be very fiddly and time-consuming to me. The demonstration appeared to show that none of this was necessary if you used the special foot.
Now, I must say that I am always skeptical of anything that seems too good to be true, however, after coming back and having another look I decided to purchase the foot and to give it a go.
The presser foot comes with attachments for various machines and it needs a special attachment for the Janome Horizon which they had sold out of, but I clipped it on to my small Brother and gave it a go.
It worked like a charm – no pins, no messing around trying to match centers, just a perfect curve. I had never sewed this type of block before so it was a minor miracle to me.
I also purchased a small wooden roller which the demonstrator used to smooth down the seam instead of ironing it. I used it as well and it also worked like a treat.
Back of block
Here is the back – I had black thread in the machine – so I just went with that.
All in all I was impressed – it would be a huge time saver if you were making a whole quilt using this block.
I haven’t tried it with other types of curves yet, but will give it a go on the week-end and let you know.
The Curve Master
It wasn’t cheap – I think the presser foot cost $40 Australian dollars and the roller was $20, but if it works for all curves it will be money well spent. I bought mine from the Punch and Judy stand, but I found the website so you can get more details there.