Curve Runner 12" Measuring Wheel
The Stitch Buzz Curve Runner is a sewing ruler that measures any curved line! It is precision cut and made from cast acrylic. It is put together by hand and calibrated for smooth rolling. It also comes with a custom silicone handle for comfort. Curve Runners come in 4 sizes: standard 8- and 12-inch circumference as well as metric 20cm and 30cm. The clear acrylic wheel allows you to see through the ruler, never leaving your line out of site. The Curve Runner is particularly useful for measuring curved lines on patterns or other drafted designs. When two curved lines are made to attach to each other such as set in sleeves and neck finishes to necklines, be sure to measure and compare their lengths with a Curve Runner. Some sleeves come with extra ease in the sleeve cap. Sleeve cap ease is the difference between the actual sleeve (at the stitch line) and the sleeve opening (at the stitch line). Knowing if there is a lot or a little ease is helpful when constructing the shirt. The length of knit neck bands can also be determined when you measure the neck opening for a t-shirt. Usually, the knit neck band is 20% smaller than the actual opening. Waist bands to skirts are also great to measure to see if they will fit the skirt opening especially after the pattern pieces have been adjusted for fit or partially sewn.
The most practical way to accurately measure a curved line on a pattern piece is to measure where the actual stitching will be. Mark the seam allowances with the Stitch Buzz seam allowance rulers and make note where the stitching will intersect other pattern pieces. Start with the 0 down on the stitch line and roll. Do not include in your measuring the intersected seam allowances because they will be on the inside of your finished garment.