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new ruffler foot and I've broken 3 needles in the first 30 minutes
jen_e
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Date: 9/6/06 5:45 PM

I have a Kenmore machine and I just got a ruffler foot. The instructions were REALLY lacking and I kind of had to figure it all out on my own. I got it working, but I keep breaking needles. My question is: does anyone out there who owns a ruffler foot know any tips or have knowledge of any tension adjustments, stitch adjustments, etc.? I tried a few things and did a lot of experimenting before I resorted to writing this post. I'm just wondering if anyone with a little more experience with this foot can give some insight. Thanks!!

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Date: 9/6/06 5:53 PM

Did you move the needle over, so it doesn't hit the foot? You may have already done this, but I needed to move my needle to the right when i bought a ruffler foot.

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Date: 9/6/06 7:04 PM

Jen_e,

After checking Patty's suggestion, can you advise whether you're certain you have the Ruffler mounted correctly on the needle shaft? Once installed, the Ruffler is a pretty simple machine despite its moving parts. During the 30 min you were using it (ignore the broken needles for now), was it in fact 'ruffling' the material? If it was ruffling the material, was the Ruffler (while in motion) moving side-to-side or rocking on the SM needle shaft - because it should not - and this would suggest improper installation.

Have you checked to make sure you purchased the proper Ruffler for your machine - i.e., with the Ruffler installed and the presser foot in down position, does the Ruffler sit soundly and flatly on the SM work table? (Check this from the side).

Have you tightened the attaching screw enough? With the Ruffler installed and the presser foot in up position, can you manually rock the shaft of the Ruffler on the needle shaft? If so, the screw may not be tight enough or the screw that came with your Ruffler is too short (this happens).

I've used a Ruffler on many diff types of SMs and never needed a tension adjustment (though others may have had a different experience), and the stitch adjustment usually only dictates how deep each ruffle is 'stuffed.' So, I doubt these are the problem.

From here, someone with more knowledge must take over.

Kate

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Date: 9/6/06 9:38 PM

Yes, as already posted the wrong foot for your machine can cause needle breakage from the needle hitting the foot. Kenmore feet do not fit all of the Kenmore models. If you have a newer Janome made Kenmore with the 7 pc feed dogs you need the Kenmore ruffler for horizontal bobbin machines. Some of the feet are for vertical bobbin machines. I believe Kenmore has several rufflers which makes it more confusing. Generic rufflers can also work but not all rufflers are the same.
I suggest to double check that you have the proper foot first and if so then proceed from there to set the amount ruffles needed per the settings on the ruffler. If the ruffler is set on 0 the fabric will not pleat or ruffle at all but can be used for velvet or napped fabric to prevent the under layer from coming up short. Place one layer under the foot and one under the tongue right sides together.
To begin..insert the fabric under the metal tongue so that about 1 inch extends beyond the tongue, then sew. When the ruffler is set on 12 it will pleat every 12 stitches, when set on 6 every six stitches and when set on 1 it pleats every stitch.
If attaching a flat piece fabric to a piece to be gathered the flat piece is placed right side up under the ruffler and the piece to be pleated or gathered is slipped right side down under the tongue.
-- Edited on 9/6/06 9:53 PM --

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Date: 9/7/06 4:38 PM

Thanks for all your help. I worked on it a little today and used some of your suggestions. I think I narrowed down a few problems. First of all, for some reason the ruffler is causing my needle screw to come loose. No matter how tight I make it, it eventually pops out. I just have to be careful and check it throughout the process. Also, my needle position is ever so slightly rubbing on the tip of the blue blade. The needle is positioned correctly, I just think it's my machine that is VERY slightly "off." Probably time for a tune up. Oh well, I got it all working, and as long as I'm not flying through at top speed it seems to be a-okay. I got a lot of ruffling done today, it's fun! Thanks again.

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Date: 9/7/06 9:33 PM

You said the ruffler was causing the needle screw to come loose. I had a PFAFF 1475, it was one of the first that you could build your own stitch thing. I was never able to stop the darn thing from doing exactly that same thing.

I have a ruffler for every machine I have or have had. That is the only one that would want the needle to escape. However, if it WAS/IS causing the needle screw to come loose, it is easy to understand why the needle was breaking.

Also if the needle rubs that little blue piece, I am surprised your thread wasn't breaking! But aren't rufflers fun? I got the machine that ruffled. That is all it did. I had more fun with that machine! You can make ruffled curtains for your whole house in 12 hours. It is a happy machine.

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Date: 2/21/12 2:46 AM

Hi,
Where did you get you ruffler machine? I am looking at buying one and you seem really happy with yours so I was wondering where you got it from and what brand it is.
-- Edited on 2/21/12 2:49 AM --

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Date: 2/21/12 11:28 PM

I still have a Pfaff 7550 and the ruffler that I bought from Pfaff has a little piece of plastic tubing that is supposed to slip over the needle bar screw. It's supposed to help eliminate the screw loosening up problem. If you could find an ultra skinny straw or a little short piece of tubing from an aquarium and slip it over the screw before you put the ruffler foot on it might help.

Oops just noticed the original post is 6 years old.
-- Edited on 2/21/12 11:30 PM --

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Date: 8/11/13 0:29 AM

I'm having this problem, I'll try Renee's idea. Thanks for posting it even though the thread is old.

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Date: 8/11/13 3:11 AM

I had EXACTLY the same problem. Unscrewed the needle or broke it within minutes of using. I thought it was my machine and took it in to the shop.
Nothing wrong with my sewing machine; the problem was the new Chinese ruffler. I spent $26 on a used Griest ruffler and haven't had a problem since. Just finished a 350 yard organza petticoat for costume.

I suggest checking the ruffler itself.

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