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Posted on: 2/28/09 10:33 PM
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I have made this tutorial for those of you who want to learn how to shirr.

Here areStep #1, Step #2, Step #3, Step #4, Step #5, Step #6, Step #7, Step #8, Step #9, Step #10, and Step #11.

Here is the link to the photo album of the tutorial.

If you want to you can stop shirring after one row, two rows, or even ten rows. It doesn't "have" to be exactly five rows if you don't want it to be. You can make it any amount of rows that you want it to be!!

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Scousegal said... (8/19/11 7:13 AM) Reply
One of the few times 'I' can follow the photos of instructions. Super work
Meggie LuLu said... (9/1/09 7:10 PM) Reply
Sici, as far as I know the elastic thread only comes in one size. It comes on a roll and you can buy it at JoAnn's or Hancock's and even some Walmarts sell it. (I'm not affiliated with any of these companies)
Sici said... (8/31/09 6:24 AM) Reply
Fantastic! Never thought of this. Is there a specific size of elastic thread best used for machine shirring? I'm going to buy some and have a try!
katie lynne said... (8/14/09 5:32 PM) Reply
Oh Meggie, this is SO COOL! I can't wait to try this (for a nightgown to begin with, which I sorely need). I, too, cannot believe your ability to instruct and demonstrate so easily and SO WELL. I'll be proud to say "she taught me how to do shirring when she was just 16"...because in the future I know you will be a brilliant fashion designer! I can't wait. :-) Thank you so much for this.
Sherril Miller said... (6/28/09 0:57 AM) Reply
This is the technique I use too. I love that it doesn't leave loose ends that might come undone.
cath46 said... (5/10/09 0:27 AM) Reply
The tutorial looks great. I was just thinking about shirring a bodice of the dress I am making my grand daughter.
HeyJane said... (5/5/09 9:17 AM) Reply
Meggie this is a really excellent tutorial. I've always wanted to try this but stopped at "wind the bobbin by hand" LOL. I will stop being lazy, and try it. Jane
teresad2297 said... (4/13/09 12:45 PM) Reply
thanks for this tutorial - I'm going to give it a try!
DadySewCool said... (4/4/09 4:03 AM) Reply
Great tip Meggie LuLu! I normally would take out the project and try to make the shirring by manipulating the threads, sometimes breaking either the needle or bobbin thread. I will try this later today.
AdaF said... (3/8/09 9:33 AM) Reply
Thank you! I was wondering how that was done!!! Great tutorial!!! Keep at it! I'll be checking often to see if there are more of your tutorials.
SNIFFELS said... (3/7/09 1:52 PM) Reply
AMN said... (3/6/09 12:32 PM) Reply
Meggie, this is a super tutorial! You did great. I hope you make many more. You are amazing for being only 16yo. Keep up the great work and I see you writing your own book in the future! P.S. I come from a family of 11 kids and I'm the only one who sews! It's a lonely hobby around here.
sewtime said... (3/4/09 12:38 PM) Reply
Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this shirring tutorial!!!
callmeRuth said... (3/2/09 9:17 PM) Reply
What a great tutorial! I'm going to try it one of these days--a new technique for me. Thank you for showing how!
Patzee said... (3/1/09 11:21 PM) Reply
Excellent tutorial and technique. Thanks!
sewknitful said... (3/1/09 12:07 PM) Reply
Thank you for this - it's great! I think you have a real gift for teaching. I look forward to more.
Tempest61 said... (3/1/09 7:11 AM) Reply
Very helpful tutorial. I haven't sewn for a long time and any technique will help
Pam~Off The Cuff~ said... (3/1/09 4:56 AM) Reply
Oh...thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!!
althea said... (2/28/09 11:49 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for that. Great timing. There is a little girls shirred top in the BWOF that I received just today. I was wondering how to do the shirring. lo and behold I noticed your tutorial tonight . How fun.
Meggie LuLu said... (2/28/09 10:48 PM) Reply
Annette, yes you are holding the fabric taunt and the elastic thread does the gathering for you.
Annette1 said... (2/28/09 10:45 PM) Reply
P.S. But I don't WAAAAAAAAAAAANA' wind it by HAND! :O))
Annette1 said... (2/28/09 10:44 PM) Reply
What a GREAT tutorial, Meggie! When I'm stitching across, am I just holding my fabric taut then, and the elastic thread actually does the gathering for me?
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