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Making a Ruffle

For all you sewers or wanna be sewers, have you ever tried to gather up something for a ruffle, only to have the thread break as you gather? This tip will save you lots of frustration. I simply zigzag over a heavy thread (carpet thread will work), making sure I leave tails at each end to pull. I set my zigzag on the longest and widest width possible.

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When you sew the ruffle to whatever you are making, make sure you do not catch the cord in it, so you can pull it out later. If you have a 5/8 inch seam allowance, make sure the cord is laid INSIDE the seam allowance. This works especially great when you have to have yards of ruffling, for example, a dust ruffle.

Note: I have a Bernina machine that has a presser foot with a hole in it at the front that helps to guide the cord through, but you don't have to have that to do this method. It just makes it easier.

Source: I think I learned this when I worked for the Singer company. I have been using it ever since.

By laniegirl from Belle Plaine, IA

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

Great reminder. Thanks...

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