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Date: 2/7/14 8:22 PM

I like to make aprons similar to so many that you see online - similiar to the first two here - reversible with pockets on both sides and a ruffled edge in contrasting fabrics. Up until now I have purchased pre-gathered ruffles but I just found a ruffler in my stash. I'm going to take this bad boy for a test drive.

Assuming I can get this thing to work I'm wondering if it makes more sense to ruffle a single thickness of fabric with maybe a serged rolled edge or if I should fold the fabric in half lengthwise so that it is truly reversible and ruffle through the double thickness (is that even possible?). The aprons I see online generally have a folded double thickness pleated ruffle but I think I prefer a simple gather.

I welcome any opinions. I have an apron of cocktail drink fabric that needs to be ready for my next women's chili cookoff in a few weeks!

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Date: 2/7/14 9:51 PM

If the apron is reversible, you need the ruffle to look nice on both sides. So you have to have a double ruffle or use a solid. Once you get the hang of it, a ruffler is easy to use, but you'll have to do some test samples and play with the tension, and stitch length, to see what you like. There is a gathering and pleating option.
This is the best ruffler tutorial, I printed it several years ago and keep it with my ruffler.tutorial

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Date: 2/7/14 10:10 PM

I can only second what diane s posted.

The double ruffle will give a nice appearance.

Go to that tutorial! Now! Unruffling the Ruffler is the best ruffler tute going.
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Date: 2/8/14 8:47 AM

This is just the thing that the ruffler excells at- you will love it!

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Date: 2/8/14 9:23 AM

Diane, thanks so much for that tutorial! Looks like I can ruffle a double thickness, which is what I was hoping for. I buy quilting cotton fabric for my aprons because of the cute designs, but that means the fabric is definitely one-sided; in the case of this ruffle, it is stripes. The double sided ruffle will help keep the apron reversable.

Looks like I should get my sewing room back this weekend as the home renovation project should be complete today. With any luck I can try this out tomorrow.

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Date: 2/8/14 10:42 PM

Quote: jacqui583
...I just found a ruffler in my stash.

Be certain this ruffler will fit the sewing machine being used. Some are universal and some are for high or low shank...but some also specific to drop-in bobbin.


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Date: 2/9/14 11:24 AM

I'm not even sure where it came from; likely my mom gave it to me at some point and I just dropped it in the sewing box.

I am going to use it on the White mechanical and I think it makes sense to try turning the crank by hand for the first few stitches to make sure nothing is hitting where it shouldn't be.

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Date: 2/9/14 11:28 AM

Yes...go slow so you know how it functions once attached. I bought a generic and tried a couple machines to get the right one. Then I turned the wheel by hand, going thru a couple cycles. When I was certain it was working smoothly, I sewed slowly and then let it run...

You will love your rufflers results
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Date: 2/11/14 7:53 AM

I finally got a chance to take the ruffler for a drive last night. This thing is awesome!

I was working with a double thickness of fabric that was basted together. I kept playing with the settings but could only seem to get a 2-to-1 ratio or none at all. Fortunately the 2-to-1 looks really good for what I'm doing. It's amazing how fast you can make good looking ruffles. Now I need to find some more ruffle projects lol

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Date: 2/11/14 11:19 AM

You should be able to have a range of adjustments. Typically there are two places where you can adjust your ruffler. It took me awhile to figure that out but careful study of the diagram in the Ruffler Unruffled and then really looking at my ruffler attachment helped me to see the almost infinite options.

The third factor has to do with the stitch length you choose on your machine.
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