Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ruffler Foot

Did you know you could make ruffles without sewing and pulling the thread?! One of the main reasons why I do not make ruffles is because I usually end up breaking the thread when I am trying to get the fabric to gather to create the ruffles.  I was was THRILLED when I saw this post over at Shanty 2 Chic, where Whitney introduced a ruffler foot for your sewing machine!! Yes, making ruffles with the machine!  I ran out the next day and bought one for $20 and boy, am I glad that I did.  I really have made that many things with the ruffler foot (except just messing around with it), but I know it will come in handy for projects . . . especially since all of my friends have little girls.

{{Tips for ruffler foot at bottom of post.}}

A few weeks ago I purchased fabric for some Christmas pajama bottoms for Mrs.D, Mrs. Rooster's daughter, and myself.  Of course, now that I have the ruffler foot . . . BAM! Ruffles on the bottom and it only took a few minutes.  I use the pattern number B5204 by See & Sew (Butterick's cheap-o line.)  But you can use any elastic waste band pattern that you like.





I purchased my ruffler foot from the local Singer store for $20; however, Joann's carries them as well.  Not sure if you can use the coupon or not.  You can also order them from Amazon.com or check your local sewing machine store for a used one.  You want to see if your machine is "low shank"  It seems that the newer machines are "low shank"  If you have a "high shank" machine, I don't think it is labeled as high shank.  It also appears that most ruffler foot's are universal for any brand of sewing machine.  I followed the video below and went right to ruffling. Ruffling with the machine IS NOT HARD, even for the inexperienced sewer!  I hope you give it a try and if you have any questions or concerns, shoot me an email or leave a comment and I will try to help you. 







11 comments:

Cassie said...

oooh...I gotta get me one of those!!!!
I did not know they would be so easy to use!
=)

Lisa said...

Dying to get one of those! I remember hearing about them last year and they sound so fun!

Sandy said...

Thanks so much for the info on this. I ordered one at Nancy's Notions for $17.49 (it's on sale right now). Can't wait to get it and try it out!

Kelsey said...

Oh my word- I so have to get one of these! :) Thanks for sharing!!

Nikki said...

Awwwwww, those pants are sooooo cute!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

I love my ruffler foot! Great PJs! I hope you link up to Make It Wear It at TheTrainToCrazy.com

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

Okay I NEED this! I mean really! Thanks for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings because I honestly have never heard of this! I break the string every time!!

Janlynn said...

Love your ruffles on the pj's. Great idea.

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing the info. I actually like to hand-gather, go figure. I'm glad you're having fun.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

SO CUTE!!! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :) Hope you stop by again soon.

Sew Silly Mama said...

I love my ruffler foot! It cuts project time in half. Something I have learned though is I have to slow down my speed because the needle or the foot screw will loosen if it is going to fast and the needle will hit the foot and break. Hopefully sharing that will save you a few needles.

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