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I am one of those people who teaches 7th graders how to sew in FACS class Family and Consumer Sciences aka Home Ec — they make a fairly simple cartoon character pillow these days no gathering required! I always use what you call the shortcut method.
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Thanks for a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I am so happy to see other sew-ers use the shortcut method too! I felt like such a deviant! I heard acording to the pros. You are awesome. Just had to say it. You have just saved me so much headache when sewing the gathered fabric on to a tube.
I usually just gathered it then hoped it fit.. Thank you Ashley… my sanity owes you. I use a zigzag over a piece of string and then use the string to gather. I might give this idea a go though.
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I love the zig zag string method, it works every time and I have never had my thread break on me like with the shortcut method! The thought of pulling all that string sent me to Google, which is where I found a Youtube tutorial for the zigzags. I almost cried I was so thrilled and excited. I then immediately called three friends to tell them about it. I have used both methods. If I do the zigzag I use dental floss as the string to be pulled, because it is less likely to break. Love your blog — thanks for sharing. Thank you for this tutorial.
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This makes it look so much more doable. Thank you Thank you Thank you i have been wondering how you did this for a long time i am very excited to see it! Thanks Ashley! I am totally a newbie and remember sewing with my grandmother on her sewing machine as a kid. I need a tutorial on how to sew up the seam after I turn my large squares right side out. My seam always looks bulky and awkward afterward!!! Are you Mrs. Brown, my 8th grade home ec teacher? Great refresher. Nice job, thank you!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. And you have explained it beautifully. Your time is very appreciated. Holy cow, what a revelation! Hugs to you! This could NOT have come at a better time! Thanks so much for this!!
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I always have issues making it line up just right. Maybe I will do my very own tutorial ;. I use the zig-zag method and it has changed my life! I have been sewing for over 30 yrs and always used the short-cut but would get frustrated when my string would break. My mother in law showed me the zig-zag method about 15 years ago and I will never gather any other way. Here is how you do it. I hope you can all follow my directions.
You are welcome to email me if you have any questions. Pull out enough top and bottom thread for the length of the fabric you are gathering. Take the string coming out of the machine and needle, make a loop around your index finger behind the pressure foot, and then place the string on the fabric under the middle of the pressure foot and lower the pressure foot.
I hope you guys understood that. Put your machine and the longest zig-zag stitch and zig-zag over the string. Make sure the straight thread does not get caught in your zig-zag stitch. Now all you have to do is pull the straight thread and you will be amazing how easy it gathers and no more broken thread!!! This will change your life, I promise!! Hope you give it a try! I made my first ruffled dress for my daughter last weekend. I definitely could have used this tutorial: Great tips!!! My mom also taught me the correct way and I do a single row of stitching anyway!
Great job on your tutorial!! I too, use both methods.
Thanks for sharing these tips! I, like many others, did some sewing in Home Ec. My first project was very ambitious with LOTS of ruffling. If you attached those ruffle tiers to the shirt at the empire waistline of that tee…but then needed to stretch it to get it over shoulders…HOW??? The shortcut method for me is doing 2 rows of machine basting — I was taught the correct way was 2 rows of running stitch by hand I still feel guilty using 2 rows of machine basting. So I am that girl-the one who took home ec in 7th grade and sewed a pillow in the shape of a popsicle.
The only thing I can confidently make is a stuffed bunny.
They are multiplying like bunnies do and I need to expand my repertoire. I long to make ruffles especially to go along with my physical ruffled heart journey and through stumble-upon, I landed on your site. Let the fabric fly. I love your blog. I love that you show people how to do what you do. I am not a fan of ruffling, the correct or the shortcut way.
The pinning, the string pulling, the knotting the making sure it is even, then in my case the accidental pleating. But, I learned a couple little pinning tricks that will make my next project a little less irritating adding ruffles to canvas bags which in my world means faster completion and loving that you made something yourself. Then on to sew the the next fun thing. I also love your repurposing tutorials. I look at old, outgrown and stained clothes differently now! I also saw another method of making ruffles on another blog. And watch your fabric ruffle!
I especially use this method when ruffling loooong fabric Do you ever use a shorter shortcut to make ruffles? I set my stitch length long and the thread tension all the way up and let the machine do the work! This tutorial is great! I can pull on short pieces to make it ruffle but it would look a lot nicer in 1 piece. This is probably a silly question, but do I need to add a hem to all four sides of the material I am using to make the ruffle? I am adding to the bottom of some curtains that fell victim to a horrible shrinking accident :.
Thanks for this! Very clearly explained AND included attaching the ruffles.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend. I just wanted to thank you for everything you do. I made my very first ruffle today with your help and successfully attached it to a dress for my little one — all thanks to you! The ombre T-shirt skirt is next. Thank you thank you thank you!! These instructions are just what I needed to get started. Now, if I can find instructions on how to make corners when attaching the gathered skirt to the flat tablecloth top.
Thank you. OMG thank you so very very much!! U have just saved me hours! Know what I mean? As you mentioned early on, there are loads of folks who may have sewn a million years ago…and then opted to give it another go. If I can see it in my head, I can do it. So…this long-winded message is to say thanks, on all kinds of levels. I do the same thing when folks write me off my blog posts. Such a terrific feeling! My main reason for running two rows of gathering stitches basting stitches is that way you have a back up in case one breaks.
Been there, done that. Will always run two rows because of it! Thank you so much for the simple directions! I made a ruffled skirt to go on an apron. I have taught myself how to sew over the last year or so using tutorials just like this one. Thank you so much for this article.
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