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From: fabrics r fun
Date: 02-27-2006, 11:25 PM (1 of 5)
Does anyone have any suggestions on books or other materials I might look for. I'm just starting out with heirloom sewing and would love to learn to smock. I don't have a it possible to smock without a pleater machine?
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From: Pudge99
Date: 02-28-2006, 10:46 AM (2 of 5)
HI and Welcome to SewWhats New!!!!
I do not do heirloom sewing but I have read many post here on this subject and I believe the answer is yes you can smock without the pleater. There will be others along that can explain the process but in the meantime you can do a search here on the site for smocking and it will take you to the previous discussions about smocking. I believe Nonie is our resident expert on the subject.
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From: MaryW
Date: 02-28-2006, 11:19 AM (3 of 5)
Hi and welcome. As Gina said, Nonie is our resident smocker. Here is a lesson you can follow with no pleater. The first link covers the stitch, the second shows how to turn your fabric into a lovely pillow.
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From: esrun3
Date: 02-28-2006, 11:25 AM (4 of 5)
Welcome to SWN! You'll find lots of answers to your questions here -this is a great group of people. Enjoy.
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From: sewingnonie
Date: 03-03-2006, 03:54 PM (5 of 5)
A great book for the intrduction to smocking is"The joy of smocking" by Martha Pullen.

Yes you can smock without a pleater,you can purchase iron on dots that you siply iron on fabric and then pickup the dots to gather(pleat) your fabric. Or you can use ginham and pick up the corners of a color.then the other option is to do the honeycomb stich,that is used on the pillows.

good luck smocking is addictive so once you start there will be no stopping you

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