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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Newbie to the ruffler attachment ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/16/12 4:25 PM

I joined and downloaded the booklet on the You Can Make This What a great resource! I have also read many of the tips and hints on various boards here but have a couple of questions specific to my project.

I find I have bought too much organza for the crinolines of my ballgown and am contemplating doing a folded over organza ruffle in place of horsehair braid on the bottom. It sounds like I could do a double layer (folded over and stitched closed so it wouldn't need hemming - hurray!). My question is, do I need to do anything else special to my poly organza or is there anything else helpful anyone has to add? And how exactly do you get over the intimidation factor of that crazy looking attachment?!

I think I can figure out the length needed (though if you read the above paragraph you might understand why I am not 100% certain on that point. Math and I are not best of friends...) and I know there will be plenty of trial runs needed. Is my Featherweight a good choice for this? I would really like to give him a special job to do and I think the single hole face plate would be ideal.

OK - time to get out the ruffle foot and start playing!

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Date: 8/16/12 4:36 PM

Okay, I'm sticking my neck out here....but I tried ruffling some light silk once and it was a PITA. What I needed was some stabilizer on the stitched edge. I'm not sure how thick your organza is so you might want to consider that.

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Date: 8/16/12 6:37 PM

Big learning curve! The organza, especially doubled, works really well. That's the good news. The bad news is that I cannot get the Featherweight ruffler to work at all. I think it is fine but needs adjusting so that the needle actually goes through the hole. It is completely blocked somehow. Good news again - I have at least two more of those fancy gadgets and the other two work. Bad news and a good tip - if you are having problems getting a fancy foot to fit, take the needle out! Good news - no blood on the fabric.

So now it is time to start serging all those crazy crinolines together and make the base for the ruffles to go on.

It is hot here - 29 C (84 F) so I am sitting on the basement floor not really wanting to go up to the sewing room.

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Date: 8/17/12 3:14 AM

Ah! The "ups and downs" of sewing.... (pun intended)

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Date: 8/17/12 8:30 AM

On your FW ruffler, there is a C-shaped "thingie" that goes over the needle screw. There is a piece that moves back and forth at the bottom front that takes up the pleat. Make sure it is moved forward so that it is not covering the needle hole. I am looking at mine and it won't go that far so as to cover the needle hole..but my ruffler for my Viking will and I have hit it with the needle when I did not watch. So maybe some of the FW rufflers will do this as well..and that blocks the needle hole.

I notice my FW ruffler feels like it could use a little oil to move a little easier..but then mine is from the 30s

When you start ruffling, set your stitch length to zero for 3 or 4 stitches to secure the thread, don't try and back stitch.

Hope some of that will help.

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