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.