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From: bw64
Date: 08-23-2006, 10:56 AM (1 of 4)

I would like to know how to make beautiful ruffles out of organza fabric.

What type of material is best polyester or crystal? I would like to have the ruffles on train and the train will be made from organza as well. Also, the upper sleeves will have ruffles as well. What type of hemming technique should I use? Also, should I use a gathering foot.
User: bw64
Member since: 08-22-2006
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From: VenusElaine
Date: 08-23-2006, 05:13 PM (2 of 4)
I never hem ruffle, because it never ends! :shock: I double the fabric, plus seam allowance and gather the raw edge.
I use the Zig-Zag method. I secure a piece of button thread or other heavy thread at the beginning of the ruffle, and zig-zag over it in the seam allowance, gathering as I sew. You can make the length of the thread your desired finish length of ruffle, and adjust it as you sew it to the gown. You can also snip the heavy thread and remove it after you sew it to the gown, if it adds too much bulk to the seam.

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From: paroper
Date: 09-06-2006, 07:48 AM (3 of 4)
I like the twinkle organza personally, although the other organza fabrics are fine and I've used them for years. The Twinkle just has more body and spunk when it is washed! I've used a two thread rolled (serge) hem on the organza with and without fishing line. If it is going to be washed in the machine I probably would not use the fishing line. Also, as VenusElaine suggested, a doubled ruffle is lovely in organza.

As for the ruffle itself? Run the edge through the serger to hem and then turn around and take it through your ruffler on your sewing machine and you'll have a lovely, even ruffle. You can also draw the ruffle into gathers using fishing line which is quick and easy too. I just prefer the machine ruffler because you get such lovely even ruffles with no additional adjustments or fuss, not to mention how quick it is!

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From: MariLynntex
Date: 09-09-2006, 01:43 PM (4 of 4)
I like the crystal or twinkle organza for the same reason as Pam. I usually make my ruffles on the fold; that is, I fold the fabric lengthwise and that is the bottom of my ruffle. The two raw edges I put together and run them through the ruffler, NOT the gatherer. Like Pam, I think the ruffler makes the prettiest ruffles. It also is a good idea to put some water-soluble stabilizer on the edge to be ruffled. I cut several long strips and just lay them on top of the fabric as I stitch, and pull them or cut them of afterward, and use a damp sponge to remove any bits of stabilizer. MariLynntex
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Member since: 01-05-2006
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