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Are You Interested In Bringing A Feeling Of
Romance Into Your Life? Then Read All About Sewing Ruffles,
Gathers and Shirring!
fabrics are particularly suited for gathering. The
fullness of the fabric is taken up into a small space,
which gives a nice decorative effect. Heavier fabrics are
more difficult to gather in stead pleats and tucks are
used to get different effects. Gathers and ruffles are
best done on bias and crosswise threads.
gathers – use
double thread and start with a knot. Make a row of small
running stitches; pull them up to fit, and wind the
thread around a pin till stitched.
gathers – are
done like hand gathers, but with longest machine stitch.
Tie threads at one end, and pull bobbin thread at other
end, to gather. Machine gathering foot will gather and
Shirring – is
gathering done with three or more parallel lines of
gathering. Elastic thread can be used in the bobbin for
it shirrs as it stitches.
gathers – use
needle or pin across folds to straighten material under
gathering, and to space gather evenly. Be careful with
sharp pin points on delicate materials.
divide gathering space into several equal portions and do
the same for material to which gathered part is to be
stay – is
a facing piece used under many rows of gathers to hold
shirring in place. Cut out a piece wide enough for
gathering portion, turn under raw edges, and hem to wrong
stitch tucks wide enough to hold cord of desired size.
Run in cord with bodkin or safety pin, and pull up cord
to fit, when cord is pulled up, it gives shirred effect.
Or, mark line for corded shirring on fabric, and fold
fabric over cord on marking. Stitch with cording foot and
pull up cord to size.
baste tucks and gather
through two thicknesses.
Ruffles – are
gathered strips of varying widths used as trimming.
Fullness is most often 1½ times space into which ruffle
is to be sewn. Cut out strips and seam short ends
together to get piece of desired size. Finish lower edge
of ruffle with narrow hand roll hem, lace, binding etc.
With a little practice, marvelous results can be achieved
with a machine ruffle, which ruffles and stitches the
ruffle to the garment at the same time.
Both ends are finished and the ruffle is gathered through
the center sometimes with ribbon stitched on over
ruffle – cut
out ruffle in shape of s semi-circle. Hem longer edge or
finish in desired way. Baste ruffle to garment, right
sides together, with ruffle held straight. Clip edge of
ruffle to prevent pulling. (A circular flounce is similar
but usually has less fullness.) Sew with a plain seam or
top stitch on the right side.
Bias binding. Baste ruffle to garment, wrong
side of ruffle to right side of garment, ruffle facing
down. Baste binding on seam line, right sides of binding
and ruffle together, stitch all three thicknesses at one
time. Turn binding up over seam and hem to position. Used
to accent joining.
Felled seam. Sew ruffle to fabric, wrong sides
together, with plain material ¼ inch beyond ruffles (1).
Turn ruffles down, press seam down, turn in edge of garment
over seam, baste and stitch (2). Used for curtains,
children’s clothes, etc.
French seam. The seam is stitched on the right
side and the allowance is cut to ½ inch.
Turn to wrong side and stitch again.
Good for applying ruffles to curtains or collars and cuffs
that are not faced and are of single
Tuck. Stitch a tuck ¾ inch from the edge of
the garment. Attach ruffle ¼ inch from edge, wrong side of
ruffle to right side of garment, press seam down. Bring
tuck over to cover stitching and stitch close to the fold.
Self-finish. Crease garment ¾ inch from edge,
fold to right side. Attach ruffle ¼ inch and baste over
stitching. Stitch or hand hem. Use for faced collar,
Go to town and bring the romance into your surroundings with
ruffles, gathers and/or shirring on your home sewing