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From: auntiesewer
Date: 08-08-2005, 09:40 PM (1 of 4)
Hi I am making clothes for my niece who is starting Pre-K in a few weeks. I am making these cute little dresses and I want to make matching ruffles for the bottoms. On some of the dresses I have used pre-made eyelet but some dresses need a ruffle of coordinating fabric.

Anyway, I have a serger and I have a ruffle attachment. I have no idea how to use the attachment. But I read in my manual about doing gathering. I wanted the ruffle to be folded in half and gathered, but I couldn't figure out how to get it to gather if I had the fabric folded, only if it was a single thickness of fabric. So I gathered on both edges of the fabric then folded the fabric in half and stitched the edges together. This worked pretty well, but I am wondering if there is an easier way to make a ruffle.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks :monkey:
User: auntiesewer
Member since: 08-08-2005
Total posts: 2
From: fronno
Date: 08-09-2005, 08:32 AM (2 of 4)
Hello Auntiesewer,

I do not know which serger you have, but I do it in the following way.
Ruffles on a single piece of fabric with a serger.
Use four threads
Differentialtransport 2
Stitchlength 3-4
Seamwidth (or cuttingwidth) 2-3
Tension of the threads 6-8

And for now the clue: how higher the tension of your threads, the more ruffles you will get .
With kind regards,
User: fronno
Member since: 04-26-2004
Total posts: 79
From: auntiesewer
Date: 08-09-2005, 05:30 PM (3 of 4)
Sorry, I guess it might be different for different machines. I have a Kenmore Overlock 2/3/4D.

What you said about the settings is about what I used. But it wouldn't ruffle if the fabric was folded into two thicknesses.

Maybe the way I did it by ruffling both edges then folding the fabric is the only way to get it to work. It made a nice ruffle that way, I just thought I might have missed something when I was trying to do a double thickness.

Thanks for your response.
User: auntiesewer
Member since: 08-08-2005
Total posts: 2
From: dmoses
Date: 08-09-2005, 07:56 PM (4 of 4)
Could you have basted the two raw edges together and then treated it as one? That way you would have only had to ruffle one edge.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
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