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    Sewing accessories: a Ruffler foot

    Sewing accessories: a Ruffler foot

    Pleats are cute! Ruffles, pleats, and frills are fashionable again. You can use the main fabric or decorative ribbons, and attach the ruffles to the garment or at the edge. The variety of textures in one garment is very popular this season. This article contains three short tutorials. You may choose the one you like for the embellishment of your apparel. Revamp a dress you grew tired of, replace old and dull sleeves with the puffed ones with the cute ruffled ribbon decoration.

    Revamping an old dress: Materials

    • A dress
    • A sewing machine
    • Sewing threads
    • The Ruffler foot
    • 65 cm of chiffon fabric of the matching color
    • Ribbons of varying width and texture, of the matching colors

    White fabric and ribbons

    Revamping an old dress: Ruffler foot

    Attach the Ruffler foot and ruffle your ribbons. They will look as if made by a professional. Feeding the fabric to be ruffled into the foot with a steady hand at an even pace, you’ll finish the job quickly.

    Adjust the depth screw. You may choose any value between 1 and 8. The higher the number, the deeper the pleat (more fabric is tucked into the foot). If you set it to 1 or 2, the attachment will create very narrow pleats. Set it to 8, and the pleats will be as deep as possible. Using the manual, replace your ordinary presser foot with a Ruffler foot.

    Ruffler foot contraption

    Ruffler foot on the machine

    Adjust the ruffle regulator. The lever can be put in one of the four possible positions: 1, 6, 12 and *. If set to 1, the ruffle will be made with every stitch. If set to 6, the ruffle will appear every 6 stitches, and if set to 12, every twelfth stitch. In case you need a straight stitch, set the lever to *. The stitch length also affects the distance between the ruffles. The lower it is, the closer together they will be.

    Set your needle in the center position. Push a ribbon through the foot. Put one end of the ribbon in a piece of paper and push it between the ruffling blade and the fabric feed plate. After that, the paper can be removed.

    End of ribbon in paper

    End of ribbon in Ruffler foot

    White ribbon put through Ruffler foot

    Position the ribbon in such a way that the needle is exactly in the middle between its two edges. Sew at a low speed. Don’t forget to check: the row of stitches should run in the middle.  

    White transparent ribbon with ruffles

    Transparent ruffled ribbon for decoration

    Adjust the ruffle depth and the distance between the ruffles in accordance with the ribbon width. The narrower the ribbon, the lesser the pleat depth. 

    Various white ruffled ribbons

    Pleating white satin ribbon

    Revamping an old dress: Decorating the sleeves

    Prepare your sleeves for the decoration. Rip them out, unravel the seams and iron out the pieces. Now, you need to cut the identical pieces out of the chiffon.

    Fold the chiffon in half, with its right side inside. Place the “real” sleeve on top and cut along the outline. To the newly-cut chiffon parts, fuse the interfacing material. It will strengthen the fabric and prevent it from shifting. 

    White ruffles on white unstitched sleeves

    White interfacing material

    Lay out the prepared ribbons on top. Alternate wide and narrow ones. Pin them and sew the straight stitch along the gathering line. You may cover the seam with a cord or a narrow satin ribbon. Attach the cord with a zigzag stitch.  

    Sewing white ruffles to sleeves

    White ribbons stitched to sleeves

    Various white ribbons clother look

    Once the ribbons are attached, remove the interfacing material from the wrong side.

    Fusible interfacing on the wrong side of sleeve

    White sleeves with ruffles not sewn

    Fold the hems, sew the sleeves and attach them to the arm-holes.

    A ready sleeve decorated with ruffled ribbons

    Wear happily! 

    White dress with flowers and revamped sleeves

    White dress with ruffled ribbons

    In the second part of our article, we are going to sew a summer jacket with basque and decorate it with a ruffled satin ribbon.

    Summer jacket with basque. Materials

    • Fabric for the jacket (110 cm long and 140 cm wide)
    • Jacket sewing pattern (to the waistline)
    • A 20x90 cm piece of colored satin for the decoration
    • A Ruffler foot
    • A sewing machine
    • Sewing threads

    Summer jacket with basque. Preparing the decoration

    Adjust the depth screw. Set the depth screw to 8. Using the manual, replace your ordinary presser foot with a Ruffler foot. Set your needle in the center position. 

    Ruffler foot attachment

    Installing Ruffler foot

    Set the ruffle regulator to 6, so that every 6 stitches you get a ruffle.

    Cut the colored satin fabric into strips 6 cm wide and approximately 180–200 cm long. Fold the ribbon in half (lengthwise) and iron out all the way. Put one end of the ribbon in a piece of paper and push it between the ruffling blade and the fabric feed plate. After that, the paper can be removed. Place the needle above the ribbon 1 cm from its edge. Sew at a low speed. Check the position of the seam: it should run 1 cm from the edge.  

    Pleating colored ribbon

    Ruffling green ribbon

    Colored pleated ribbon

    Press down the ruffles with an iron.

    Ironing out ruffles

    Flattened pleated colored ribbon

    Summer jacket with basque. Sewing

    Cut out the parts and sew the sides, shoulders, and darts. 

    Jacket pattern pieces

    Half-finished jacket on mannequin

    Pin the already ruffled satin ribbon to the right front part along the centerline, around the neckline and 15 cm under the neckline on the left front edge. Stitch close to the edge.

    Attaching ruffled satin ribbon to the front part of jacket

    Stitching facing and ruffled satin ribbon

    Sew the facing and the neckline facing together. On top of the decoration, pin the facing and the neckline facing to the right front part of your jacket on the right side, and stitch 1 cm from the edge.

    Turn the facing the wrong side out and iron out. Using the edge stitch presser foot, finish the edge (stitch on the right side).

    For the basque, prepare a piece of fabric approximately 160 cm long and 11 cm wide. Turn up the lower edge and stitch. 

    Jacket with ruffled ribbon

    Preparing basque

    Along the upper edge, attach the ruffles, 1 cm from the edge. 

    Stitching basque

    Ready basque

    Press down the ruffles on the basque with an iron. Pin the basque to the lower part of the jacket and sew.

    Basque flattened with an iron

    Part of jacket with finished basque

    Cover the seam with a satin ribbon 1.5 cm wide (in the ready state) and stitch on both sides. Prior to that, fold the hems and flatten them with an iron. 

    Covering seam with flat satin ribbon

    Ready jacket with basque

    Sew the sleeve, fold the hem and stitch. Attach the sleeve to the arm-hole. Attach the snap fasteners.

    Jacket with basque and ruffled satin ribbon

    Jacket neckhole with ruffled ribbon

    “One-click” cascade ruffles

    All you need to sew a dress with cascade ruffles is a piece of fabric and a Ruffler foot. This tutorial will show you the possible variants of cascade ruffles, assembled at home.

    “One-click” cascade ruffles Version 1

    • For this job, you’ll need:
    • A sewing machine
    • Sewing threads
    • A Ruffler foot
    • A piece of lace 15 cm wide and 600 cm long, for a three-tier skirt with a 60–65 cm waistline

    “One-click” cascade ruffles. Creating the ruffles

    Prepare the lace for the skirt. Adjust the depth screw. Set the depth screw to 8.

    Set the ruffle regulator to 6, so that every 6 stitches you get a ruffle. Set your needle in the center position. You can narrow the distance between the pleats by reducing the stitch length. Do the test sewing.

    Ruffler foot

    Ruffler foot on the machine

    Push the lace through the foot. Position the needle above the lace 1 cm from the edge. Sew at a low speed. Check the position of the seam: it should run 1 cm from the edge. Ruffle the whole length of the lace piece. It will be used to create a three-tier skirt.

    Piece of white transparent lace

    Ruffled piece of lace

    “One-click” cascade ruffles. Sewing the dress

    Sew the bodice on the sides. Don’t touch the back seam. Starting from the center back, stitch the first tier of ruffles to the bodice along the waistline, right sides inside. Cut the excess lace. The seam at the back should remain open all the way.

    Part of the girl's dress with lace

    Stitching lace to fabric

    Stitch the second tier of the ruffles to the first one. Hide the end of the ruffled lace under the first tier of ruffles. Sew the straight stitch on the right side. Cut the excess lace. Stitch the third tier to the second one. Sew the dress at the back, from the neck hole to the lower edge.  

    Stitching together two pieces of lace

    White lace under Ruffler foot

    Skirt with lace

    Finish the neck hole and attach the sleeves.

    Girls in lacy dresses

    “One-click” cascade ruffles Version 2

    For this job, you’ll need:

    • A sewing machine
    • Sewing threads
    • A Ruffler foot
    • A piece of lining 13 cm wide and equal to the lace in length.
    • A piece of lace 15 cm wide and 500 cm long, for a three-tier skirt with a 55 cm waistline.

    “One-click” cascade ruffles. Preparing lace

    Do steps 1 and 2 from Version 1. Cover the lining with the lace, align them together and push the whole into the foot. Place the needle above the ribbon 1 cm from the edge.

    Sew at a low speed. Check the position of the seam: it should run 1 cm from the edge. You will ruffle two fabrics simultaneously.

    Pink lining fabric and white lace

    Stitching white lace to pink fabric

    Ruffle the whole length of the lace piece. It will be used to create a three-tier skirt.

    Ruffling simultaneusly fabric and lace

    Fabric and lace simulteneusly ruffled

    “One-click” cascade ruffles. Sewing the dress

    Sew the bodice on the sides. Don’t touch the back seam. Starting from the center back, stitch the first tier of ruffles to the bodice along the waistline, right sides inside. Cut the excess lace. The seam at the back should remain open all the way.

    Parts of girl's dress

    Sewing second tier of ruffles on skirt

    Stitch the second tier of ruffles to the lining of the first tier, using a straight stitch. Cut the excess lace.

    Stitching lace to lining wrong side

    Stitch the third tier to the lining of the second one. Sew skirt at the back in two stages. First, all lace tiers, with their right sides together. Then, all lining tiers with one seam.  

    Lacy skirt third tier of ruffles

    Finishing seams of lacy skirt

    Three-tier lacy skirt with satin lining

    Finish the neck hole and attach the sleeves.

    Two small girls in lacy dresses

    Original text by Olga Milovanova

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    Edited by Irina


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