Saturday, February 9, 2013

A little trick

I own one of these

Do you recognize it?  It is a ruffler.  I have read all the info and even downloaded a little manual that gives very good directions on the proper attachment and use of a ruffler.  It even has pictures!  Well, I did exactly everything the manual said to do and I was not happy with the ruffles it made.  I make a ruffle on one of the wristlets I make for my business.  I have been setting the stitch on the longest length and gathering everything up but I knew there had to be a better way.  I had also tried tightening the tension to the highest level but it didn't ruffle the fabric enough.  I had read about another technique somewhere but gave it a try for the first time this past weekend.

I set my stitch length at it's longest setting (5) so that adjusting my ruffles would be easier.  Then I started sewing with my index finger laying on the thread at the top of the thread path.

I placed my finger on the thread at the point I indicate above with the red arrow.  (Look at me - adding graphics!!)

I watched the fabric gather  behind the foot and started lifting my finger up and down to adjust the ruffling.  It worked great!  I tied off the end of the basting stitch at one end and then just adjusted the ruffle to the exact length I needed.

Perhaps one day the planets will align and I will have the time to use the ruffler properly.  In the interim, the "cheap" way will work just fine.


  1. "Look at me using graphics" you crack me up. Seriously I snorted a little bit.

  2. They used one on sewing with nancy this morning.. It was a rerun, but you might try her page for demo from show.. I think it air November 2012 the first time. It is part one of series of two. Hope that helps..

  3. I have one and it scares me to death, lol. Maybe I'll get the nerve to try it soon.

  4. Pretty sure my lil ol machine didn't come with one of these.Im still making ruffles by hand.

    Hope you manage to sort it out, but Im sure the way you're doing it works!

  5. I got one of these a couple of weeks ago and i love it! I needed to gather 80 inches and it did it in 1 1/2 mins. I can't wait to use it for pleating.


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