A while back I made a skirt without a pattern. I decided on the style as I went along. Because I misjudged the length I added a pieced together ruffle. I gathered the ruffle by the traditional method of sewing two basting seams along the edge. (If ever I took the shortcut of just sewing one basting seam it almost always broke about midway through the gathering process. Two seams always seemed tedious.)After wearing the skirt a couple of times I took the ruffle off and reattached it. The ruffle was lop-sided. It felt to me like the skirt was a glaring homemade job. Mind you, I am not knocking homemade…I just like things I make to look like they were made by someone with knowledge of the art of sewing. To reattach the ruffle I used another method…one not often taught. It worked out beautifully so I thought it only fair to share the knowledge.
To demonstrate I’ve used a small piece of white fabric and two contrasting colors of thread. It works equally well when adding a gathered ruffle of any length.
After threading your machine make sure you pull a length of thread at least two or three inches long through the bobbin and needle before you begin to sew. Place the second thread on top of your fabric…also leaving a length of thread of equal length. (This will be the tread used for gathering.)
Set your machine to sew a wide zig-zag stitch and begin sewing over the second thread centering it under the zig-zag stitch.
When you reach the end of the fabric you are gathering (or you get back to the starting place when working with fabric joined at the seem such as a ruffle added to the bottom of a skirt) make sure you leave two or three-inch tail of thread for easing the gathers through the fabric.
Place the ruffle and the piece you are attaching it to together, dividing both pieces evenly into quarters and pinning them at the divided points. (Because my demo piece is small I only divided it half.)
Gently pull the thread under the zig-zag stitch and evenly distribute the gathers between the divided points.
Your evenly distributed gathers are now ready to stitch in place. I hope this method proves to work as well for you as it does for me. 🙂
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Until next time…
I cannot count my day complete til needle, thread and fabric meet. ~ unknown