To keep things simple we'll only discuss methods that use a sewing machine and thread-- no sergers, special feet or hand sewing required..
Today we are going to look at the Traditional or Old Fashioned Ruffling Method.
The How To:1. Set your machine to the longest stitch and pull out 6-8 inches of bobbin and needle thread.
Once you remove your fabric from the machine you should have a something that looks like this:
Although the gathers will have to be top stitched to make sure they stay in place, I like to tie all the threads on each side together at this point to prevent them being from pulled out.
Pros:Some great things about this method
- Small, even gathers
- Easy to adjust to an exact length
- Ruffles less likely to shift during sewing (especially when using 3 rows of basting stitches)
- Both sewing and adjusting the gathers is time consuming.
- Thread can break while adjusting
- It's difficult to get a large amount of ruffles (for example, ruffling a strip of fabric to 1/3 or 1/4 it's original length.
When To Use:This isn't one of my favorite methods, mostly because it takes so much time. I'll only use it when the fabric length is less then 6-10 inches.
This is my preferred method for small bits of gathering that will be the feature of a project, like gathered pockets or a neckline. I can hand adjust the gathers until the ruffle looks perfect and is precisely the size I need it to be.
Try It Out:My absolute favorite project using this method is Noodlehead's famous Gathered Clutch Tutorial. This little pouch comes together very quickly, and it's a fun way to showcase a bit of ruffles without being too frilly.
|Photo from the fabuolous Anna of Noodlehead|
See you tomorrow when we talk about tension ruffling!
This tutorial was part our Rufflicious Series. For more ruffling tutorials see: