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Thread: Clothing Sewers "rufflers"

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    Clothing Sewers "rufflers"

    Hi Gals & Guys
    I"ve been sewing, quilting for many, many years lately have been making aprons, doing lots of ruffles, was looking to buy a ruffler to make the job go quicker, have any of you used one of these, are they worth he money and finally are the faster than gathering by hand?

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    Yes, yes buy a ruffler. I have one, generic brand, and it is so much fun just putting your fabric under it and getting a beautiful even ruffle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma nurse View Post
    Yes, yes buy a ruffler. I have one, generic brand, and it is so much fun just putting your fabric under it and getting a beautiful even ruffle.
    Yes, I agree. You will not be sorry. Good luck.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Here's a ruffling trick, for those without a ruffler ........

    Use dental tape, and wind the start of it around a pin to keep it in place.
    With a wide zig zag stitch, zig zag over the dental tape, all the way along where you want your ruffle.
    Be careful to not catch the dental tape.
    Now just pull the dental floss to create the ruffle ... make sure that start of the floss is well secured or OOPS!!!

    Fast and slick .... and once the stitching to secure is done, you can remove the dental tape if you wish!
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    By all means buy a ruffler! They are all well worth the money.

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    I have a ruffler and it took some practice to get he size of ruffles/pleats I wanted. Worth the money!
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    Thank you or the advice, I ordered one, am impintly awaiting its arrival. Always go here for good advice.

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    Have fun with your ruffler. I like using mine. I used to have some samples of ruffles I made using different settings. Sure came in handy when I wanted a certain amount of ruffling and could look at my samples and know what setting to use. They seem to have disappeared tho. I may have to do some more.

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    I find it very useful. I can add a ruffle to a pillow sham in one action if i use my serger but the ruffler also gathers evenly and one doesn't have to spend time redistributing the gathers after hoping the thread doesn't break whilst you are doing so.

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    A ruffler saves so much time and the ruffles are evenly spaced. The little numbers on the place where the rounded point thing comes up are 1, 6, 12,*. These refer to the number of stitches between tucks. If you do a sample piece, say 6 inches and then run it through the ruffler at a desired setting, and then measure the seam edge, you can figure a ratio from your beginning fabric to the finished piece. If it measures 3 inches your strip of fabric is 50% of the beginning piece. Then either change the # or adjust the length of your stitches to get a different ratio. In my senior year of high school, I made myself a formal with a gathered skirt of taffeta with two layers of net all gathered with the ruffler, Then I cut 3 inche stips of netting and gathered them and sewed them on the skirt at about hip level.This is when I really learned to use the ruffler. If you have plenty of material, you can just set the ruffler for the amount of fullness and just keep sewing on the strips until you get the necessary length.

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    If you have an older machine with attatchments, you may already have one. I used the one with my FW and it is really nice. Beats the old sew twice and pull the threads.
    A time to tear, And a time to sew;
    A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom View Post
    If you have an older machine with attatchments, you may already have one. I used the one with my FW and it is really nice. Beats the old sew twice and pull the threads.
    Gosh, I have one with my FW too and never think to use it! Beautiful baby, Sewmom!
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    I have gathered everything that didn't stand still: dust ruffles for the bed; ruffles for aprons; ruffles for purses, etc., etc. Have fun with your new toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    Gosh, I have one with my FW too and never think to use it! Beautiful baby, Sewmom!
    Thank you. That is my youngest grandson, Bennett, when he visited with his parents last month.
    A time to tear, And a time to sew;
    A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

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    love ruffles, but i don't have a ruffler yet. this thread just convinced me that i need one though! ruffles on a pillow? absolutely adorable!

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    Will have to check it out! Never knew there was such a thing!
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    Did you know that you can put gathers in using your serger. I took a class and that was one thing she taught us to do.

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    Gee, that sounds easy. Can't wait to try it
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