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Calendria
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Date: 9/14/12 11:32 PM

I decided to add a ruffle to dress Mccalls 6488. so I zigzagged over the dental floss cuz thats the only way I know how to gather and its horrible. after I sewed it on my stitching is bad. its uneven, like a gathering stitch. I tried to pull it to its normal size and no such luck.

any advice please?

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Date: 9/14/12 11:43 PM

I would invest in a ruffle attachment. If your machine can use a generic one they can be fairly inexpensive. I got one for my machine and I was amazed at how good the ruffle looked. Mine is adjustable- a nice option.

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Date: 9/15/12 0:55 AM

If the ruffle is already sewed onto there, and the gathers are pretty even and you can live with that and just that your part of stitching, but the actual seam stitching them onto there is all drawn up and uneven, that not a big huge problem. And you don't have to unpick it all out either, if you don't want to.

I would just turn the the dress so the dress inside out, so the dress body side was facing me (not the ruffle side) and instead of picking out your stitches there, just use a seam ripper or some thread clips, to clip maybe one or two stitches every maybe 4 or 6 inches or so. Now try to pull the fabric out smooth keeping the ruffle sewn to it, and you probably have a lot more give. If you can get it to where you want, and smooth, now just sew over the original ruffle to skirt seam at least one more time, and make a little deeper of a seam allowance past that other "bad stitching" as now it's in the seam allowance and is never going to show anyways.

You don't have to zig zag to gather over dental floss, for anything or reason if you don't want to. You could just use two rows of long straight stitches and pull on those thread ends to gather. Lots of people do that, it's way older than sewing over string or dental floss and works real nice.

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Date: 9/15/12 11:42 AM

Do you mean the fabric you sewed the gathered piece onto is puckered and gathered? If it is you will have to rip it out and start over. I don't have a ruffler and I have always used two rows of stitching-you want them wide length-on most machines a 5 or so. The first row of stitching would be on the 5/8" or very close to it and the other about 1/4" away toward the fabric edge (this doesn't have to be exact). Then you pull either the top thread or the bobbin thread-make sure you keep pulling the same one or it will lock up the stitches. The gathers are very nice and even.

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Date: 9/15/12 3:00 PM

thank you yes. the actual seam was like gathering in addition to it already gathering. thanx so much. and yes I do need to take it out. I just stopped what I was doing, ironed what needed done and put it away. it was too frustrating.

thanx all for the advice.

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