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Date: 4/4/14 3:01 PM

I've been making tiered skirts for my daughters the traditional way - use sewing machine to gather one edge of tube, then sew that gathered edge onto the flat edge of the tier above it. I've been thinking there must be a better way. then I found this great blog post http://www.makeithandmade.com/2012/07/tutorial-super-simple-serger-ruffles.html which describes using a Brother gathering foot on a serger which gathers the bottom layer of fabric while leaving the top layer flat. My serger is the the Juno by Janome 3434D which did not come with an extra gathering foot. When I try to gather two layers of fabric, both layers are gathered.
My question is: is it possible that by some other manipulation I could make this work? Or would it only work with that special foot? If so, could I purchase a foot for my serger that would work? Would the Brother foot work on my Juno, or does Janome make one that would fit?

Thanks for any help! I'm going to be making a lot of these skirts.

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Date: 4/4/14 4:13 PM

I got this from the Janome website, shows a gathering foot for your serger.
In my experience if you need the the gathers really full a ruffler on the sewing machine works better.
gathering foot
click on accessories and scroll down
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Date: 4/4/14 5:09 PM

I just made a layered skirt for my 3 year old. I just used my serger's differential feed to gather the skirt. It's not precise but it saves a ton of time.

Turn the differential feed all the way up and run some tests.

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Date: 4/5/14 5:11 AM

Serge it in two steps. Gather the layer that needs it, adjust the feed back to 1, and serge the two layers together.

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Date: 4/5/14 9:54 AM

I just ran across this this morning in an old serger book I was thinking of getting rid of. It suggests using clear elastic. Don't forget to stretch it before sewing. Serge each tier into a circle, then serge the clear elastic to the top of each tier.Make the length of the elastic the lower length of the tier above. Then serge the tiers together.

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Date: 4/5/14 10:11 AM

Quick Link for the tutorial you are referring to.

Not all snap-ons are interchangeable from brand to brand. Seems like they should be, but sometimes the bar on the generic or other brand presser foot is too narrow and will not connect to the adapter foot on the intended machine.

Practice a bit with the differential feed (refer to the manual for your machine for the adjustment). You may not need the gathering foot at all.

Here is a link for making ruffles on a serger, but I have not found a tutorial for doing the technique for one layer ruffle and one layer flat, all-in one step process without using a gathering foot as in the first link.

In your manual, or open the one on the Janome website Link for the part number of the gathering foot for this model. You can then contact your local Janome dealer to see if it is in stock.






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Date: 4/6/14 8:31 AM

My Babylock Imagine and Enlighten have an optional accessory foot that gathers one piece and attaches to a flat piece in one swoop. I am going to be searching for a Janome one because a customer was interested in doing this and purchased a Janome-made Necchi S34 this past week.

Love my BL gathering/ruffle foot though. I was just telling a different customer to invest in one because of some of the dresses she made for her daughter. When I saw the pics, I told her it was a must-have foot which would save her oodles of time. It really does.

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Date: 4/6/14 11:40 AM

I have a accessory that joins 2 layers while gathering the bottom fabric. The Janome part # is 200217101. I'm not sure of all of the machines it fits. I do know it does not fit the 1100D or 1200D. I have a 744D which is like the 634 with free arm.

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Date: 4/6/14 6:12 PM

I have this attachment which I love and use all the time for gathered skirts. It has a metal bit that slips between the upper fabric ( fabric to stay flat) and the lower fabric (to be gathered). I increase the differential feed and stitch length and off I go. I made a whole set of samples early on so I know what settings to use for a specific amount of gathering. I have a janome 644D.
http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/Machines/Sergers/3434D/NoFlash/MachineAccessories

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Date: 4/7/14 1:58 PM

Friends,
Thanks so much for the great advice! It looks like what I want is not another foot but the Janome "gathering attachement - #200217101. The little strip of metal will block the top layer of fabric from being gathered by the forward feed dogs of the serger. Interestingly, a little strip is actually a part of the Brother foot. Janome promptly answered an email stating that this attachment will fit my 3434D. Thanks again for all of the help!

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