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From: amandajane
Date: 05-27-2007, 03:32 AM (1 of 10)
Hi there, I am an architect who likes to sew dress ups for my children, they are young and can't really distinguish between a well made item and an average one (such as my creations):bluesmile

I would like to master shirring, I have an overlocker and a sewing machine and have attempted this on both but with ordinary results. I have some comercial garments where the overlocking is quite professional and am wondering how this is achieved. I have even taken some sewing classes to try and improve my skills but have not managed to solve the shirring mystery. Can anyone out there shed some light on this?:bang:
User: amandajane
Member since: 05-27-2007
Total posts: 3
From: cshortsew
Date: 05-27-2007, 07:32 AM (2 of 10)
Welcome to the group amandajane. I'm afraid I can't help with the shirring problem but there are lots of talented people here, so maybe somebody else will be able to help.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: PaulineG
Date: 05-27-2007, 08:32 AM (3 of 10)
I've never actually done it but there are several good explanations (nearly all of them by Libby) on the site here. Here's one of them.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: Anza54
Date: 05-27-2007, 11:30 AM (4 of 10)
Hi Amandajane, I can't help you either but I couldn't help notice you said you are an architect. My daughter is graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June. She is an architect major. She has done very well with her schooling. We are very proud. Anyway good luck with your question being answered. This is a great group of folks here. Take care, Barbara:smile:
User: Anza54
Member since: 03-13-2007
Total posts: 63
From: lendube
Date: 05-27-2007, 11:58 AM (5 of 10)
No shirring experience here but a I can offer a great big welcome!

Good luck with that.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-27-2007, 02:33 PM (6 of 10)
Hi Amandajane, welcome to the group. Under heirloom sewing topic, there are some instructions for shirring. Hope this will help.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: amandajane
Date: 05-28-2007, 09:56 PM (7 of 10)
Thanks for the advice, I have tried Libby's technique and it works...yay. Thanks again for the friendly and helpful posts. Cheers Amanda:bluewink:
User: amandajane
Member since: 05-27-2007
Total posts: 3
From: temom
Date: 05-30-2007, 08:29 AM (8 of 10)
Hi Amanda, and welcome. Don't underestimate your abilities. Not knowing everything about a subject doesn't mean you don't give it a try anyhow :bluesmile
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-30-2007, 04:56 PM (9 of 10)
Thanks, Amanda ! ! I needed a boost today..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: esrun3
Date: 05-31-2007, 06:33 PM (10 of 10)
Welcome Amanda, you'll find lots of help here.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
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