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Topic: Attaching Ruffles to a Hem! (And making them!)  (Read 7022 times)
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« on: December 31, 2005 02:08:25 PM »

Well. I know that I've spent hours and hours sewing ruffles to skirts- here's the easiest way I've found, not in rocking MS paint tutorial! The links are underneath the picture, because I imagine photobucket will make them small.

Step one- setting up the stage!

Step 1. Gather your materials. You will need
Prehemmed fabric for edging- make sure it's all one long piece
Sewing Machine with zig-zag function

Using your sewing machines zig zag function, sew a seam along the top of the fabric (not the hemmed side!) As shown in the picture.

Step two- ruffling!


Step 2. Using a needle and a large length of thread, thread the thread between the two sides of the zig-zag. Once you have finished, pull or push the fabric on the thread until you have reached your desired affect.

Step three- assembling- sorry! No pictures!
Pin the tulle or fabric to the skirt, right sides together (try having an .75 inch seam), like you're sewing a seam.
Sew once around.

Then, with your iron, pins or sheer diligence, smooth the seam up against the skirt (like you are sewing a hem!), tuck it under if it will fray, and sew another seam. This will show on the skirt!

Okay. One picture to explain both steps.


And... voila! You have a ruffled edge!

(once again, it's my bandwith, so no worries!)

PS- If anything is unclear or if I said something wrong, please let me know. I'd be glad to help anyone who needs it!

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2005 02:11:11 PM »

Ooh, thanks! I shall be saving this =)

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2005 03:23:31 PM »

Is there any way to make the font of the instructions larger? I have terrible vision and can't read it. Thanks for sharing!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2006 09:36:48 AM »

oh wow, thats for that...very ingenious!

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2006 05:59:40 PM »

Actually, you can do it while sewing the zig zag, just pull a long tail, make a few stitches, then pull the tail to the front and zigzag over it keeping the thread between where the needle goes through the fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2006 06:08:56 PM »

You could do it like that, I imagine... but...

I'll defer to this logic. Using a sewing machine successfully requires all of my upper brain functions.


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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2006 06:12:20 PM »

I use this method...http://www.lekkner.com/diy.gathers.html.

I assume this is what Thesingingllamas is talking about. Quite similar.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2006 08:15:16 AM »

thankyouthankyouthankyou. I have an idea how to do my next tshirt to dress reconstruction!

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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2006 05:11:19 PM »

thank you for this.  Smiley  I'd been wondering how, for a blouse I saw.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2006 09:30:11 AM »

thank you

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