Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ruffle It

For 20-something years I have HATED making ruffles!
I just learned a ruffle trick (I know, I'm probably the last
seamstress in the world to figure this out) and now I
can't get enough of them.
I thought that maybe, just maybe, there may be some
other ruffle hater out there that might enjoy this trick.
So, here it goes....easy, peasy ruffles.

My mom told me so many times not to touch
the tension knob that she scared me to death.
In all my years of sewing I've never touched it...
I'm so obedient! Shouldn't have listened to mom
however, because changing your tension is the
trick to "self ruffling". the normal tension on my
machine is 4.
Change the tension on your machine to the highest setting.
Yes...TOUCH IT!! It's OK. That's 9 on mine.

Change your stitch length to the longest setting and...
sew! That's it, that's all, just sew. Your fabric
strip will come out the other side perfectly ruffled!
Sorry mom....I had to do it!


  1. What a cool trick?! I totally did not know that!

  2. I came across this about two months ago, and felt the same way... GREAT, isn't it?

    Thanks so much for the blog comment, and for purchasing from my ebay store.

  3. So funny! my mom tells me the same thing! don't touch the tension bran!!! but do I listen naaah!! thanks for the tip!

  4. I've always been afraid of ruffles AND touching the tension! Thanks so much!!! :)

  5. Thank you so much for posting this! My little girl is still a toddler, and I love adding ruffles to her clothes but I don't love the pain they can be. This is very, very helpful!