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    i bought a curvemaster at a show not long ago. i have been having trouble with it. or it has been having trouble with me.

    when i use it, it works right on the bottom layer but the top layer veers off
    so that i end up with a huge seam allowance or none.

    is anyone having this problem? i'd like to make it work. or vice-versa.
    i think i should be concentrating on the bottom layer right? keeping it against the gauge? what should i be doing with the top layer? i thought it would be taking care of itself. i lift and hold gently. no? should i be steering it?

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    I bought one a few months ago. i did some practive blocks & had no problems. When I tried with my new material, I had problems! It seemed to waste a lot of material & I could not get my pieces even. I gave up & have not tried again. It definitely has a learning curve, and I was so upset about my material I have not wanted to try again. It was not as easy for me as advertized!!
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    i guess i have to try it again. thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    i bought a curvemaster at a show not long ago. i have been having trouble with it. or it has been having trouble with me.

    when i use it, it works right on the bottom layer but the top layer veers off
    so that i end up with a huge seam allowance or none.

    is anyone having this problem? i'd like to make it work. or vice-versa.
    i think i should be concentrating on the bottom layer right? keeping it against the gauge? what should i be doing with the top layer? i thought it would be taking care of itself. i lift and hold gently. no? should i be steering it?
    I dont know what a curvemaster is? Would you mnd telling me?

    Margie

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    it's a specialty foot made especially for sewing curved pieces (i.e. drunkard's path) to one another. by holding the fabric correctly, the foot does the work of gathering in the convex layer to fit the concave layer without using pins or having to snip.

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    thank you, sounds wonderful...guess like everything takes practice. I would like to see one.

    Margie

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    they are usually demonstrated at shows, and can be purchased at nancy's notions so you can see a picture there.

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    I bought one a few years back at the Houston quilt show and I hate to admit it, but I haven't even opened it yet! The demonstration sure looked easy didn't it?

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    sure did! i even got to try it out under her direction. but she's not here now. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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    I know I'm getting old and my mind is going, but when I saw the title of this thread, I thought "Is this a new name for the Thighmaster? Is somebody trying to sell those again?!" LOL :oops: :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by julie
    I know I'm getting old and my mind is going, but when I saw the title of this thread, I thought "Is this a new name for the Thighmaster? Is somebody trying to sell those again?!" LOL :oops: :roll:
    Julie when I first looked at it for a second, that was my thought too. I went to Nancy's notions and curvemaster on sale....thinking about getting one...but the thigh master would do me more good lol

    Margie

    Wonder if you could use the thighmaster while sewing with the curvemaster...OMG I would be ready for playboy shoot ROFL NOT

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    at this point maybe i'd have more luck using the curvemaster trying to get my thighs to fit than i'm having trying to get the pieces to fit. LOL!

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    I have one and I really like it. Have watched the tutorial? You can see the video at the link below.
    You can't practice sewing a straight line you have to practice sewing curves. http://www.quilterstv.com/

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    just tried that website and it isn't there anymore. sometimes they change out their tutes.

    thanks.

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    It's also on You Tube. :-)

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    it's a specialty foot made especially for sewing curved pieces (i.e. drunkard's path) to one another. by holding the fabric correctly, the foot does the work of gathering in the convex layer to fit the concave layer without using pins or having to snip.
    You still have to snip after you've sewn the pieces together. I have one of these and could never get it to work. I'm trying to sell mine if anybody is interested.

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    The SatinEdge foot sews curves. I think the Curvemaster was adapted from the SatinEdge foot.

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    BB,
    i looked for it on youtube and couldn't find it. what did you look it up under?
    i saw other methods that work the same way though, and i think i could have saved some money.

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    auntluc, I think your link is an exact description of how it should be done.....but the doing of it, isn't always as easy as it sounds, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    The SatinEdge foot sews curves. I think the Curvemaster was adapted from the SatinEdge foot.
    Satin Edge foot? What is that one, dont think I ever heard of it before...might it have another name???

    Margie

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    i thought i was doing it that way. as i said originally, i tried it out at the show before i bought it. with the demonstrater standing right there, it worked just fine, hah! :evil:

    once i got home.....no deal! of course that lady isn't here now to help me out.

    also, on youtube when i was looking for this, i saw other ways to do it and they show the method without the special foot. i'm sorry i didn't see that first.

    they do also show the satin edge foot and that seems to work the same way, but without the raised edge guide.

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    I also had the Curvemaster foot for a long time and did not like the results. When I had the opportunity, I took a class from Sandra Chandler and "got the hang of it". I completed a dresden plate (25 blocks) in 3 weeks. I was very happy with it!. The trick is to use tweezers!!!
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    is there a seam extension on every one of those curves? or is it applique?
    in other words, is every petal curemastered onto it's own little wedge and then they're all pieced together?

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    Yes butterflywing, everything is seamed...no applique and you have the right idea. Imagine a line exteding from each petal. That is the shapes that are seamed together. I bought templates to cut each "section" when I took the class. When I started it took over an hr to piece each block, minus the center circle. I got into a "rhythm" and was able to do one block in 45 minutes, minus the center circle. I pieced those all in last.

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