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Bearskismo

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Date: 12/16/06 7:11 PM

I just purchased an Amanda Jane smocking pleater, never having actually seen one before. I don't know how to begin using it. At one point I found a site on the internet that had a video showing how to use a pleater. Would anyone know where that site, or one similar might be? Thanks. Cathy

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Date: 12/16/06 8:20 PM

Bearskismo,
Try a book or DVD. I saw one at smockingstore.com. I believe I have an old book from Martha Pullen called something like Bearly Beginning Smocking that may or may not still be in print.
Your local heirloom sewing store should also be able to help you, and it may offer a pleater class.
Once you master pleating, you must buy a copy of The Busy Mother's Guide to Sewing Children's Clothes by Nancy Coburn. This book was indispensable to me as I constructed many smocked garments. (I used to sew with it beside my sewing machine!)

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Date: 12/16/06 9:33 PM

Hi Joline, I did purchase a book, but at one point I watched a video clip on the internet that was free. There were two ladies, perhaps from England or Australia, showing how to use a pleater. I thought saved it in my favorites, but apparently did not. I was hoping someone might have seen it as well and could direct me there. Thanks for the thoughts. Cathy

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Date: 12/16/06 11:18 PM

This may not be the video link you found, but there's quite a bit of instruction here. Click on the yellow horizontal bar to view the video (you get to indicate which media player to use).

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Date: 12/17/06 9:51 AM

A helpful little book called Notions: Over 50 Great Gadgets You Can't Live Without published by Tauton has a good five page chapter with photos and illustrations on how to use a smoking pleater. This book is on Amazon, and if you do a "search inside this book" on the word "pleater" you can read the chapter on the Amazon website. But you can also buy a used copy of this book for under $3 on Amazon as I recently did. Notions book
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Date: 12/18/06 1:51 AM

You might like to have a look at this site.Country Bumpkin This is an Australian website that specializes in Smocking and Embroidery. They have lots of books and magazines on smocking.

Jennifer

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Date: 12/18/06 6:48 AM

http://www.everythingsewing.net/videohowto2.htm - not sure if those are the ones you are looking for but I have viewed those in the past and they are helpful. You should also check out the Martha Pullen and Delphi Heirloom sewing forums.

But the main thing is too start slowly and practice practice practice. I bought some cheap gingham from WalMart to practice going straight. Run some waxed paper through your pleater to lubricate the needles. And don't ever go backwards, you'll break your needles and mess everything up. It takes some time to get used to but that's why I recommend lots of practice. It's very enjoyable once you get the hang of it.

I use my pleater for smocking but also I will use a couple of the half space rows for gathering.

I highly recommend A-Z of Smocking by Country Bumpkin publication and English Smocking by Ellen McCarn

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Date: 6/8/08 8:30 PM

I'm starting smocking, but don't intend to buy a pleater yet, if at all. The pleating services offered by the store are cheaper than the time of pleating it myself. Cheaper by a lot. Plus, I don't have to deal with the pleater, and breaking needles, etc. If the price of smocking increases at the store, I would eventually buy a pleater, but am a long way from buying it yet.

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Date: 6/9/08 3:45 PM

My friend and I bought a pleater together so that it was affordable. I think we made more because the pleater was so handy. We passed it from house to house. We also shared patterns and books.

Maybe you can find a smocking buddy too.

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Date: 6/9/08 5:55 PM

No video here but here's a link to some pictures on Solosmocker's (a.k.a. Bunny) blog. Hopefully she'll see your post soon or you can leave a comment on her blog.

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