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Date: 5/24/12 10:18 AM

Don't have a ruffler, what do you like for the many girls' ruffle dresses?
Just picked up a Rodale book, starts the 2 threads, then lays them down the length of the fabric needed and zz's over them, haven't tried that yet.
Other do the dental floss. The usual 2 threads gathered pop too often on a long ruffle. Anyone use the high-tension, hold-behind-the-foot technique?

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Date: 5/24/12 9:16 PM

I've used the zigzag method, I usually zigzag over heavy thread. It works OK , but the ruffles tend to slide around, and you have to be careful you don't sew through the heavy thread. If you're going to do lots of ruffles, it's worth it to get a ruffler. I don't use mine alot, but when I do use it, I'm glad I have it. If you're gathering thin fabrics, there's another foot that works well, called a gathering foot/shirring foot that is less expensive than a ruffler.

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Date: 5/24/12 9:43 PM

I been on the flounce kick lately. Ruffly effect without too much bulk.

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Date: 5/24/12 10:58 PM

I like to use my serger with the gathering foot... it is SO fast!!

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Date: 5/24/12 11:50 PM

I allocate my singer 201 for ruffles, the rufflers are cheap and very good and you could pick up an old singer for very little, doesn't have to be a 201.
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Date: 5/25/12 8:28 AM

I have had good luck with stitching and stretching clear elastic in the seam allowance. Steam the stitched elastic after sewing to "tighten" the ruffle.

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Date: 5/25/12 10:43 AM

how do you figure out your proportions for the ruffle to fit the hem then?
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Date: 5/26/12 10:54 PM

I use clear elastic. I bought it by the spool at Atlanta Thread Supply. I cut a piece that's the length I want the finished ruffle to be, then zig zag it to the ruffle, stretching as necessary. Then when you're done, the ruffle is already the finished length you need and no fussing necessary! You might need a teflon foot so the elastic doesn't stick to your foot.
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