Here is my situations. I have been reading up on shirring heavily the last two days. (and admiring it for over a year)
I bought the proper shirring thread. I hand wound the bobbin. I decided to practice on a piece of jersey knit fabric holding it taught. (since that was the type of facric I planned on using for my project) I did a pass and saw it looked just like a regular row of stitches. I realized I wasn't using the longest stich but I tried that and it wasn't really all that different. My machine only goes to a 4. SO I tried a zig zag. Nope.
I got back on Craftster read up on the problem solving tips. I adjusted the tension on my bobbin. It still looked the same. I applied steam. It didn't budge. I rewound the bobbin tighter. It was too tight. I rewound the bobbin looser. It looped up onto the opposite side of my fabric. I rewound the bobbin at the same tension I did at first. I adjusted the tension on the bobbin itself again. It was too loose.
I switched to a cotton fabric. I decided just to do four passes w/o stopping. It kind of gathers up a little but its not stretchy. I applied steam it kinda bunched a little more but it still doesn't look right.
I called my mom & my grandma and niether of them have ever tried it.
I am at the end of my patience. I want to finish this project so badly. It looked so easy after reading tutorial after tutorial. I have even cried on some of those pages w/o reply. I just want to get the hang of it w/o pulling out my hair.
Some angel please help me.