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Hot Patterns Boho-De-Luxe Ruche Me Baby Skirt
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Date: 1/10/06 7:53 PM

Anyone else working on the HP Ruche Me Baby Skirt? I've gotta vent about it to people who understand why a sewing project might drive you to tears -- the boyfriend and dog, while loving, are looking a little nervous around me right now...

This thing has got ruffles. Yards and yards of them. I've got a bias strip about 150" long that I've got to gather on both sides to a length of about 57". First I did the old double row of stitching method, but it got really unyieldy. Then I read the tip about using clear elastic. Hallelujah! I thought. Ten minutes after sitting down at the sewing machine tonight I burst into tears -- I can't seem to sew on the elastic without it snapping in two or the machine getting stuck in place. (I did tests on scraps -- of course, THEY worked fine...)

This, of course, is just step one. Once I get one side of the (*&$! bias strip gathered, I've got the other side...then 2 sides of an even longer bias strip...then the 160" bottom ruffle.

Part of my problem, I'm sure, are my high expectations for this project. I absolutely fell in love with the pattern when I saw it, and when it finally arrived I cast aside all my other projects. I haven't had big chunks of time to sew, but I've working on it steadily for weeks. I chose beautiful -- if frustratingly slippery -- fabric, and have been dying to get it done.

Now I'm not sure what to do. The skirt's sitting in the trash -- the BF counseled me not to throw it out, but there's a certain cathartic rush involved. I'll suppose I'll pull it out, but...I don't know if I can face those ruffles anymore. Maybe I'll put it aside for later...maybe I'll sit down and learn to use my serger's ruffler (which, under these circumstances, sounds like it would lead to more tears)...maybe I'll burn it and put the pattern up for trade. Or throw darts at it. One thing's for sure: I'm feeling like a lousy seamstress, and should probably put police tape around my sewing room to keep myself out of there.

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. Any gathering advice, sewing voodoo spells and/or PTSD (post-traumatic sewing disorder) counseling is welcome!

Here's the link to the pattern: Ruche Me Baby Long A Line Skirt
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Date: 1/10/06 8:07 PM

Firstly ! I have had many projects like this over the years. Usually a day or two spent apart is all that is needed. After some 'time out' the project usually magically co-operates.

In case it doesn't though I have two suggestions for the ruffles.

My favourite method for long, long ruffles is to use my sewing machine ruffler attachment set to gathers. However if you haven't mastered this gadget yet then now is not the time to start.

My other favourite method is to zig-zag over a thick thread which won't break. Dental floss, crochet cotton, topstitching thread, whatever you have lying around. Long lengths gather up very quickly and easily.

HTH. Btw, I love this skirt so I hope you can beat those ruffles into submission and finish.

Edited to say, if you have a braiding foot or a similar foot, this helps to hold the thick thread while you zig-zag and stops the thread wandering and getting caught in the stitching.
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Date: 1/10/06 8:18 PM

You might try Sullivan's Fabric Stabilizer spray to get your slippery fabric to yield to your submission. The spray stiffens the fabric so it's like cardboard, ideal for sewing and cutting. When you're done, wash it out. Tada! Soft and slippery like it was originally. You can buy Sullivan's online or at Hancock's.

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Date: 1/10/06 8:20 PM

I agree, step back a bit and give it a day or two. I have part of this skirt cut out. I didn't have enough fabric for the ruffles, hoping Joann's has the same fabric. If it does not, I will do a coordinating ruching.

I will probably use the zig zag over thicker thread. I don't have a ruffler for my machine. Might have to buy one of those, too.

Try a quick project that will be successful and then come back to the skirt.

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Date: 1/10/06 10:34 PM

A ruffler is the way to go. I have sent you a private message with my phone number. If you want, we can do it on my machine, we're not that far apart.

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Date: 1/10/06 10:35 PM

What type of ruffler do you recommend? Is the Bernina one good?

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Date: 1/10/06 11:57 PM

The Bernina ruffler is very good, very sturdy and very expensive. I, too, have a Bernina.

I have an adaptor to use generic, short shank feet as well as another adapter where I can use the changeable feet.

I bought my ruffler on Ebay and use the adaptor with it. I was able to ruffle 17 yards of heavy cotton to make table drapes for my craft booth in about 15 minutes. That alone made it worth the money, which I think was about 25 bucks.

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Date: 1/11/06 8:02 AM

I'm with Mary Lynn! I'd never do it without either a ruffler or a gathering foot. Life is too short!

I too have the Bernina ruffler. It is amazing! I have even used it on decorator fabrics to make several dust ruffles over the years - one in denim!

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Date: 1/11/06 8:26 AM

Triple ditto on the ruffler foot. But (sorry Belinda!) I think they are fairly easy to use so I would probably be running to the store to get one if I had all that ruffling to do. They *do* look intimidating, but once attached, they pretty much do all the work themselves. If you do get one, just practice with some scrap strips before you start on the good stuff so you can see how it works.

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Date: 1/11/06 8:47 AM

Wow - I am convinced. You three ladies are stalwart sewers here and if you say that the ruffler is an adapter to get, I am getting it. Now, I don't mind investing in a product if it is worthwhile, but I like getting things cheaper too. Should I get the Bernina ruffler (I do have those adapter shanks for some industrial piping feet) or the no name brand.

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