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Does anyone have the CurveMaster presser foot and has it worked for you as advertised? 

I bought one and I'm having a struggle with it.  I am putting together an apple core baby quilt of flannels and all I have are puckers.  I've ripped and re-sewn several times.  To be honest, I can't decide if it is the template I'm using, or if it is the flannel giving me fits, or if it is the plastic CurveMaster presser foot.  Fortunately I boght mine on sale at a considerable discount, otherwise it is an expensive tool that so far hasn't worked out very well for me.  Granted, as with most tools, it is probably a user problem rather than a tool problem. 

I will give it a go on regular cottons and try another template just to give it a fair shot, but so far, I've been pretty disappointed and frustrated with the foot in general.  I think the concept is good, but it doesn't seem to feed the fabric through like it should, so not only do I get puckers, but I get a very short stitch that is hard to unsew.   

Any experience, advice or comments would be appreciated. 

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Comment by Kathy Scholes on July 18, 2011 at 6:23pm

I to have used the curve master foot.  I used it on a double wedding ring.  I found the video's online to me most helpful.  I think the website is on the package.  I had to watch it several times.  Good Luck. 

Don't give up. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on July 18, 2011 at 6:39am

I'm glad to be reading this blog. Just this week I was eyeballing this presser foot, and contemplating getting it. I think I'm going to change my mind now.  It's one of those tools I don't think I really need  but thought it might make curves a bit easier.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 17, 2011 at 7:25pm
I've not used spray starch or the Best Press, so those were great suggestions.  However I've worked with flannel a lot and I don't have a problem with distortion.  In this case, the "outie" (convex) curved side is not long enough and won't give/stretch enough to fill the "innie" (concave) curved side of the apple core block.  The more I work with the pieces, the more I think it is the acrylic template.  I've tried piecing these the old fashioned way, pinning, etc. with no luck.  I haven't pieced them by hand to see if I can get them to work that way, but this is turning into way more work than what I'd intended for this project.  I'm still going to do more trial runs.  Curved seams don't bother me.  I learned to do them with sleeves as well, but while I'm not a big gadget girl, I do think the right tool for the job can make all the difference.  I thought this one looked like it might be worth trying out because I liked the idea of avoiding pinning, but I may have been had.  :)  I'll let you know if I get it figured out. 
Comment by Terry F on July 17, 2011 at 5:50pm
This is interesting, Prairie.  I've never tried one or quilted with flannel yet, tho I do have some flannel waiting for me!  The starch sounds like something I would try.  Good luck & please let us know.
Comment by Margo in Maine on July 17, 2011 at 11:37am

All I can say is 'good luck'...I sold mine....I learned to put in sleeves years ago and would rather do it that way...of course, it probably was because I was not patient....did a whole quilt with curves and it works for me doing it the old fashion way...so if you are patient you may conquer it....

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 17, 2011 at 11:02am
I'd bet on the flannel.  Cut on a curve, it is notoriously stretchy and "squirrely."  Kathryn's suggestion of spray starching has worked for me.  I used Mary Ellen's Best Press before cutting then barely touched the material as it fed through.  The starch also helped with the excess "fuzz" that flannel generates.
Comment by Nancy/NC on July 17, 2011 at 9:45am
I bet it's the flannel too, & this foot does take time to get use to using. Try even putting it away for awhile, after this project, then try it again later. Sometimes that helps too...
Comment by Kathryn Benson on July 17, 2011 at 7:43am

Flannel loves to stretch.  You could try spray starching your pieces before you sew them.

Comment by Pam/NY on July 17, 2011 at 6:56am
The flannel may be the problem, I find when I use it, it tends to stick a little.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 17, 2011 at 6:13am

Thanks Colleen.  Everyone's experiences and helpful hints are all appreciated.  I'm not ready to give up on it yet, but I'm getting close. 

My pieces don't seem to feed through evenly.  Never enough top fabric to go the length of the bottom.  The bottom fabric should be feeding through faster or be better at easing in than the top, but I'm really struggling.  That's why I'm going to try a different template to see if the template itself is the problem and also I'm going to try this template with cottons to see if the flannel is the problem. 

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