- The following works on 100% cotton fabric, pre-washed to remove all sizing. My fabric is 100% cotton Kona muslin with a 200 thread count.
- Thread is 100% polyester, mine is Coats and Clark
- the sewing machine is set up with normal tension, longest stitch length, slightly more than 1/4" from the edge
- I sew with a Bernina 180, you can see the stitching position set "two clicks" from center
- LOWER tension: I bypassed the slot that feeds/tensions the bobbin thread entirely. I use a "pigtail" case (sometimes known as an embroidery bobbin case) and after bypassing the slot I ran the thread through the "pigtail" to guide. I have used a regular bobbin case with the same technique and the result is a slightly tighter gather in the ruffle.
- Place the fabric to be ruffled under the pressure foot set at normal pressure and sew with gentle tension on the strip
- The photo above shows the ruffled fabric straight out of the machine!
- The technique applies when ruffling a single layer or a double layer (shown above). A double layer will be slightly less gathered because of the second layer of fabric coming through the machine.
- Results will vary depending on the weight and fiber content of the fabric, experiment first!
Don't forget to re-thread your bobbin case before you sew a regular seam or you'll be unhappily surprised!
When I need to ruffle a long piece of fabric or a heavy fabric, I zig zag over a piece of crochet cotton. The zig zag stitch makes a casing over the crochet cotton and the crochet cotton is a heavier thread to pull.
We used this trick when we were making costumes for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and it worked great!
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