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    Lightbulb A very easy way to make ruffles.....

    I saw this method demonstrated on YouTube, sorry to say I lost the link. However it is so simple and effective I thought to pass it on. Here it is, set your tension to #8 and stitch length to #5. If you cannot do either of these things then this won't work for you. However once things are set just sew along the edge. Do not back stitch and be sure to leave at least 4inch thread tales on either end. The gathers are easily then adjusted as needed. I recently needed to add ruffles to a curved hem on aprons, this worked great. I just pinned at the center and ends of the seam and adjusted the ruffles as I pinned along the perimeter. Of course this is basically a basting stitch so you do need to over sew the gathers with a regular stitch length and tension. I have a ruffling-foot and a gathering foot but I found this a very easy solution to how to get the gathers to fit in the seam you are trying to match it with. If anyone has a link to the You Tube video on the gathering technique please post it so they can get credit for this idea.
    Another tip I found helpful is if you have a serger and can do a rolled hem stitch, then I just finish the bottom edge rather than hem it. I use all four threads, widest seam width setting and a short stitch setting. Then I get out some bright variegated serger threads and finish off the bottom edge this way. It adds a pop of color, and gives the edge a clean hemmed finish. It adds a decorative edge to the ruffle. It is also a great and easy way to do a quick finish to kitchen towels and wash cloths.
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    Check your instructions on your serger. My serger will make ruffles. That would have been the easiest of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellen46 View Post
    I saw this method demonstrated on YouTube, sorry to say I lost the link. However it is so simple and effective I thought to pass it on. Here it is, set your tension to #8 and stitch length to #5. If you cannot do either of these things then this won't work for you. However once things are set just sew along the edge. Do not back stitch and be sure to leave at least 4inch thread tales on either end. The gathers are easily then adjusted as needed. I recently needed to add ruffles to a curved hem on aprons, this worked great. I just pinned at the center and ends of the seam and adjusted the ruffles as I pinned along the perimeter. Of course this is basically a basting stitch so you do need to over sew the gathers with a regular stitch length and tension. I have a ruffling-foot and a gathering foot but I found this a very easy solution to how to get the gathers to fit in the seam you are trying to match it with. If anyone has a link to the You Tube video on the gathering technique please post it so they can get credit for this idea.
    Another tip I found helpful is if you have a serger and can do a rolled hem stitch, then I just finish the bottom edge rather than hem it. I use all four threads, widest seam width setting and a short stitch setting. Then I get out some bright variegated serger threads and finish off the bottom edge this way. It adds a pop of color, and gives the edge a clean hemmed finish. It adds a decorative edge to the ruffle. It is also a great and easy way to do a quick finish to kitchen towels and wash cloths.

    I don't change my tension but that is the way I've made ruffles the 60 +/- years I've been sewing.
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    I was taught to do two rows of basting (similar to this method), for gathering. Pin each end, to seam line. Then fold to center of ruffle, matching center of seam line. Pin. Then fold to center of each piece, between pins. Match and pin. Depending upon the expanse to be sewn, this may be done several more times, before adjusting ruffles and sewing together. Been sewing over 50 years.
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    When my kids were little and I sewed a lot of clothes that was the way I made ruffles!

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    I second the two rows of stitching. I have done this nearly 60 years. I've even used three rows on very full garments. I would never use a single row on anything.

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    Ditto everything Neesie said. I also still use many of those techniques we had to master in junior high home-ec class to get a decent grade.

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    I'm with Neesie. I was taught this way of making ruffles and that is the only way I would do it. One thread only
    is likely to break then you have to start over. I never adjusted the tension, just used the longest stitch the machine had. I have been sewing 52 years. Some tips are good and sometimes the old ways work better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Check your instructions on your serger. My serger will make ruffles. That would have been the easiest of all.
    That's how I make my ruffles, too.
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    The way I have used recently is to zig zag over a thick piece of thread (some recommend dental floss) without catching it and then gather to desired length and when done sewing, pull out the thick thread/floss.

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    I was taught to use 3 rows to avoid the little pleats you can get when sewing gathers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I was taught to do two rows of basting (similar to this method), for gathering. Pin each end, to seam line. Then fold to center of ruffle, matching center of seam line. Pin. Then fold to center of each piece, between pins. Match and pin. Depending upon the expanse to be sewn, this may be done several more times, before adjusting ruffles and sewing together. Been sewing over 50 years.
    My method too and I had to think, I too have been sewing over 50 years!! *gasp*

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinecone View Post
    My method too and I had to think, I too have been sewing over 50 years!! *gasp*

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    I use the ruffle foot on my Bernina, however I have only used it a few times in the three years I have been sewing. The directions where a little confusing at first, but then the sales person showed me how to use it.
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    I will only add to be sure you have a full bobbin.

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    One way to gather is to have a long bobbin thread when starting. Needs to be the same length or longer as the fabric length you are ruffling. Bring that bobbin thread up over the top of the fabric and lay it the length of the fabric toward the direction you are sewing. Put down the presser foot. Using a loose zig zag stitch (adjust your stitch length-I use a 2) and a width of 4-6, sew over the bobbin thread. Leave a long bobbin thread tail at the end. Pull the bobbin thread and gather up the fabric. Done!

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    I'm 83 and I sew 2 rows also and sew my main line between the two basting rows after you have it pinned in of course.

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    I'm with everyone else!! With the ruffler, you can't just work the gathers in the space allotted if working on a garment pattern. I use the zigzag technique when I make broomstick skirts and there are yards of fabric to gather. The serger and ruffler are good to use when you can gather a piece ahead of time like on a handbag or separate piece that is attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I was taught to do two rows of basting (similar to this method), for gathering. Pin each end, to seam line. Then fold to center of ruffle, matching center of seam line. Pin. Then fold to center of each piece, between pins. Match and pin. Depending upon the expanse to be sewn, this may be done several more times, before adjusting ruffles and sewing together. Been sewing over 50 years.
    This is the way I have done it too. Very simple!!
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    looks like us " old timers" stick to the lessons taught years ago...GO GALS...GO!!

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    I know that "old timer" method and have used it for years, but I love the ruffler foot. It's so quick and easy to use it to gather and attach the ruffle in one step! Great for baby girl clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I was taught to do two rows of basting (similar to this method), for gathering. Pin each end, to seam line. Then fold to center of ruffle, matching center of seam line. Pin. Then fold to center of each piece, between pins. Match and pin. Depending upon the expanse to be sewn, this may be done several more times, before adjusting ruffles and sewing together. Been sewing over 50 years.

    this is alsothe way I was taught at least 50+ years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Check your instructions on your serger. My serger will make ruffles. That would have been the easiest of all.
    So does mine, however the gathers are not adjustable and this method is. The advantage is you can adjust the ruffle to the base fabric very easily, as opposed to having to figure out a ratio of fullness of gather to length of base fabric. When you are sewing the ruffle into a curved seam that can be a tricky calculation. Isn't it great we have so many techniques available to our sewing needs.
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    I just put a ruffle around a whole quilt lately and I just zig zagged over some cotton sheen thread and it worked great. I didn't have to worry about the thread breaking and when I sewed the to the quilt I just pulled the thicker thread out.

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    I was taught the "2 rows of stitching" many, many years ago. It has always worked for me and I adhere to the theory--if it isn't broken, then don't fix it!

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