Here are links to all the tutorials for this week:
- The Old Fashioned Method: Best for small detail ruffling work
- The Tension Method: Best for long strips of fabric that may need to be adjusted slightly
- The Couching Method: Best for heavy fabrics and long lengths that need precise measurements.
- The Scrunch Method: Best for voluminous ruffles on sheer fabrics
In addition to what we covered this week, there are so many other ways to ruffle-- especially if you are willing to purchase a new foot or own a serger. The big benefit with these attachements is that they amke it possible to ruffle and stitch fabric to unruffled peice at the same time. Here are a few links to that talk about special feet:
- Using a ruffler foot: This is a detailed tutorial by daniKate Designs which I love because it takes you through making a test strip as well as installing the foot and making cute little tiered dresses! I had a chance to use a ruffler foot briefly, and it is a neat little device. You can use it for making tight ruffles or pleats, and as an engineer I just loved watching it work.
- How to use a gathering foot: This is a youtube video, but it's the best tutorial I've found on how a gathering foot works. A gathering foot is less expensive than a ruffling foot.
And we are done! I have a feeling that I might be alone in getting so geeked out about all these different ways to accomplish basically the same thing! I'm hoping that even if you've been a bit bored this week that these tutorials will be helpful to you going forward. It's a great feeling to be able to choose the perfect method for you, and turn a tedious task into a fun efficient one!
Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you next week!