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SA Curve Ruler: Review and Giveaway!

Sew Well + SA Curve Ruler

I have some exciting news for you today: Claire from SACurve is back, and she recently updated her Pattern Drafter rulers!  She’s also updated her rolling wheel ruler and renamed it the Curve Runner.  There’s a Kickstarter going on for the new and improved Curve Runner right now.  More on that at the bottom of the post.

First, I want to write more about the Pattern Drafters that I’ve been able to test out. Here I’m showing off the 5/8″ and 3/8″ versions of the Pattern Drafter, but she’s updated the 5/8″3/8″, and 1/2″ sizes. There’s even a 1.5 cm Pattern Drafter for those who use metric out there. Take a look at her fancy stock photos for a bit more detail than I was able to muster with this little monkey running around while I was taking photos…

Sew Well + SA Curve Ruler

If you’re not familiar with these rulers, check out my reviews of the previous versions here and here. They’re awesome for adding stitching lines to traditional tissue patterns or adding seam allowances to patterns that don’t come with any. The curve in the ruler allows you to find just the right fit when adding your new line. And, fun fact, I know that Kathy Ruddy uses these Pattern Drafters, too, since I saw her whip one out during her class at the Sew Expo in 2014.

Sew Well + SA Curve Ruler

Updated version on top, older version on bottom 

Okay, so, what’s been updated, you ask? First, Claire found that the V on the previous ruler was a weak spot, so she did away with it.  Now the ruler is all curves, which makes it so much stronger.

Sew Well + SA Curve Ruler

She also changed the big curve at back of the ruler to match a specific French curve that some design students she knows couldn’t stop gushing over for how amazing it was for armholes.  (See example among these photos.)

Sew Well + SA Curve Ruler

Now the entire back curves around in a gentle French curve.  It means the straight edge is now only 12″ long, but I far prefer the new curve to the lost 3″ of straight edge.

In addition, all of the markings have been redone for accuracy.

Now for my favorite part – the giveaway. Claire of SACurve has generously offered to give one of you a Pattern Drafter in your choice of size.  If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment below letting me know. I’ll pick a winner at random next Thursday, June 11th at 7 am PDT. Good luck!

Sew Well + SA Curve

But, that’s not all.  I want you all to know more about the redesigned rolling wheel ruler, the Curve Runner.  Claire’s got a Kickstarter going on right now for it, and you can help to bring it to market for as little as $1.  I was hoping to help her announce the launch, but it seems that she doesn’t need much help since she’s already over 2/3rds of the way to her goal – after one day!  I reviewed her previous design here, but this new one is bigger at 8″ around and has a more ergonomically shaped handle.  And, just as with the Pattern Drafters, the markings have all been redone for accuracy.  There’s even a 20 cm metric version!

If you like the idea of a rolling ruler, please consider showing her your support.  For a limited time, you can even get one at a reduced price!  Or, just show her your thanks for all the effort she puts into making useful sewing tools by making any size donation.  I want Claire to get a huge response – far beyond her original goal – so she’ll keep designing new products!  The bonus is that if she does get a huge response, there’s a stretch goal to make a 12″ Curve Runner!

UPDATE:  The Kickstarter has already reached it’s goal of $1000, which means it will definitely be funded!  Woohoo!  Now let’s go for that stretch goal!  I want to see a 12″ Curve Runner!

Okay, so make sure to comment and let me know if you’d like to be entered into the Pattern Drafter giveaway, and then click here to support the Curve Runner Kickstarter.  Thanks everyone!

77 thoughts on “SA Curve Ruler: Review and Giveaway!

  1. Oh, I would LOVE to have the chance to win one of these sets. I have 8 little girls I teach sewing to and this sew would be a wonderful aid for me and them. Thanks for this opportunity!

  2. I really, really want the metric version of the ruler! I’ve wanted it ever since you first mentioned it, but the shipping is expensive and I can’t afford it. Would be awesome to win one! (:

  3. Amy, do you know if Claire is going to still have her blog? I followed her previously and loved her method of putting on a knit neck band. Have you seen her tutorial of that?

    1. I used to follow her blog, too, but I can’t remember her neck band tutorial. That is one thing I need more help with though! I’ll reach out to her to ask about her blog.

  4. Would love to win the pattern drafter ruler! Looks like it would make certain tasks so much easier.

  5. Have you heard of (or have on your list of sewing resources in Seattle) the outlet for re-sale of gently used Eileen Fisher clothing? They have workshops on upcycling using de-construction and re-construction. Proceeds benefit womens’ organizations.

  6. I would love to be entered into the pattern drafter giveaway, the 1.5cm would be very useful for those burda patterns …
    Thanks so much Claire and Amy for the chance …

  7. Amy, I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. It would be nice to have a more accurate tool for those pesky, I mean beautiful, curves that plague me!! Thank you!

  8. Amy, thanks so much for posting that the tools are back! I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Please enter me in the giveaway drawing. Headed to Kickstarter after I click Post.

  9. I’ve been eyeing these ever since taking Suzy Furrer’s drafting classes on Craftsy and, if my memory doesn’t fail me, Kathy Ruddy whips one out in her Craftsy pants class One pattern many looks. Please add me to the draw.

  10. I am a plus size woman and have to make many changes to patterns to get the correct fit. This would really be an asset to me personally. I would also love the honor of blogging about it. Thank you

  11. I would love to win one! Right now I just use quilting rulers but I don’t have anything like a French curve and that would be so handy.

  12. Would love to win a 1.5cm ruler – I have quite the collection of BurdaStyle magazines and this would help no end! 🙂

  13. I would love to win one of these! I currently use a straight ruler to add seam allowances and you can imagine how successful that is! x

  14. I would like to be entered in your give-away! I was just thinking last week I would like a ruler like this for adjustments! Thank you for the opportunity!

  15. I’d love the chance to win! I have been getting into Japanese pattern books and this would be perfect for pattern tracing!

  16. Just getting into drafting my own patterns from RTW and this would be a perfect tool! Thanks for offering.

  17. What a fabulous giveaway! All of the rulers look incredibly useful. In fact, I own one of them and use it all the time.

  18. I would use one of the 1/2″ drafters a lot! I purchased one of the (previous version of course) curve runners last year and I have been surprised by how frequently I use it — so handy!

  19. How great of you and Claire to offer this giveaway. I would love to be entered into the drawing. I mainly use Burdastyle magazine patterns and while I don’t mind tracing so much I find adding the seam allowances to be a bit of a pain. I’m really curious as to how well these would work over my more conventional method of using a seam gauge; they definitely look easier.

  20. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these. It’s just what I need to get off my duff and finally trace a pattern out of Ottobre!

  21. These look great – I use a lot of burda patterns and they would be helpful. I already have a french curve for drafting and changing patterns, but it only has inch increments on it. I guess I would even use them the other way around to mark the seam lines on pattern which have seam allowance included 😀 The curve tool in the kickstarter is very tempting too.

  22. I went looking for this on etsy a little while ago and couldn’t find it. It would be great to have it….

  23. How kind of you to offer the contest. I am an elder and using these tools would be a godsend, as my body changes regularly and I need to make a number of adjustments to patterns these days. Thank you!

  24. A french curve has been on my list of must purchase for a while now and these would be so perfect. Thank you to you and Claire for the wonderful give away.

  25. I would love to win a metric French Curve. It’s been on my wish list since you first reviewed it and it’s great to know the design has been upgraded. That curve runner sounds intriguing…off to look at the campaign! BTW your daughter is looks so cute!

  26. What a wonderful tool. I would love to win one. Thanks for sharing the info on the Kickstarter Campaign too.

  27. I found your blog through the new Sewing blog list on Blogger. So glad I did. I have been eyeing these rulers for some time now and would love a chance to get one. Thanks!

  28. Wow, this looks very cool. I spent last night making pattern adjustments and this would have come in handy.

  29. I have never used one of these…but would like to give it a try! I would like to know what is the most useful one as a first buy?

    1. Hi Ann – I think it depends on what you’d most use it for. I use the 5/8″ ruler to add the stitching line to traditional paper patterns that I’m trying to fit. Having the stitching lines really helps me understand how I’m changing the seam lines when I modify a pattern. I also use it for adding seam allowances to BurdaStyle patterns. The 3/8″ ruler is nice for adding seam allowances if you are confident in the fit of a pattern and don’t want all of the bulk in your finished seam allowances. I’ve also found that narrower seam allowances are also nicer when trying to set sleeves. I haven’t used the 1/2″ ruler, but I bet it would be much the same.

  30. I’m so happy this ruler is available again! I kicked myself HARD a couple of years ago when I wanted to order it and found it no longer available. Please enter me in the giveaway , I trace mainly Burda patterns and this would make life so much easier!

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