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It’s been awhile since I’ve done any sewing that included a ruffle or gathering of material. I remember the frustration of the thread always breaking before I made it through the end of the material to complete my ruffle because regular sewing thread just doesn’t hold up to pulling. I learned a great tip the other day in my sewing class. One that would have saved me a lot of headaches back when I was making very ruffly things for my daughter. Instead of using plain thread to sew and gather a ruffle, you can use cotton crochet thread which is of course thicker and stronger than regular sewing thread. Just follow these simple steps:

Choose a color thread that will match your fabric. Measure the amount of crochet thread needed by holding across the fabric to be gathered and then double that amount.

Fold the thread in half. On the looped end of your thread, stitch it to hold it in place a couple of times across (by pressing and releasing reverse button) as shown in first photo. 002

Cut thread and then turn (see second photo) in order to zig zag down the row of threads (keeping both threads within the zig zag stitch). You may need to adjust the width of the stitch in order for both threads to fit inside the stitching. Stitch completely down the row of thread, leaving about a half-inch at the end. Once done, just pull on both ends and you should easily be able to ruffle and gather your fabric without breaking your thread!

 003I can’t wait to try this technique with ruffles for pillows I’ll be quilting. I got a couple of great free patterns and you can too by signing up for the Quilting Weekly newsletter.

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May 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The thread goes where?

002 Well, I’ve taken out the new machine to familiarize myself with all it’s fancy gadgets and workings. After several tries I was finally able to get my bobbin threaded after spending a few minutes figuring out the example drawn in the instruction book, yet I still don’t think I’m doing it quite right. It kept getting tangled up on the bobbin and ending up in a big mess that definitely would not work. So I managed to figure out a way to get the thread on there tight and managed to thread the machine. I then went through some old scrap material I still had (I keep everything!) to test some of the stitches. It sews beautifully! However as I went through the various stitches, the machine kept making a beeping noise and stopping. Apparently it is factory set and although I moved the knobs to adjust the stitch length, it still keeps beeping. This will be very annoying if it does this while I’m in my quilting class so I found a class for next Monday morning – lesson 1 to learn how to work my machine. I had already been through this series of classes with my previous machine and now I’m back at square one. Well it will be worth it, this has some really neat stitch options – ivy and starbursts among others and I can’t wait to use them on upcoming projects.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | sewing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment