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…
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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!