Ruffling Ideas

Posted by Christine Flood
When looking on Pinterest, or other site for ideas on using your Ruffler foot, I find they are very mechanical, and just “How To’s” which are not very inspirational.
This month I have created a series of smaller projects to show different techniques and idea when using the Ruffler foot. I do hope you find these little projects informative and interesting!

Machine Requirements:

1. Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine.


1. Husqvarna Viking Ruffler Foor H9200320-96
2. Various braids, ribbons and grosgrain
3. Voile fabric to cut on the bias
4. Furnishing fabric for cushion
5. Matching sewing threads for top and bobbin for the fabric chosen
6. General sewing tools

Sewing Instructions:

Black Knit Top:

I started with a very uninteresting black knit top which I felt needed adorning.
I used 115cm of 25mm wide braid. Thread machine with matching thread in top and bobbin. Attach Ruffler foot as per instructions and set at #6, (this will give you a tuck once every 6th stitch.) Screw the depth screw about ½ way, (this will alter the depth of the tuck and is influenced by the weight of the fabric). Place the fabric between the sole of the foot and the serrated metal plate. Sew down the centre of the braid. See figure 2. Remove ruffle foot and attach A foot. Adjust stitch length to 3.0. pin the braid onto the edge of the neckline and sew in place as per figure 3.

My Favourite White Shirt

My favourite white shirt needed an update and had a little mark on the front. Using approx. 3 metres of braid 25mm wide to suit shirt. Using a fabric marking pen, draw a line as a guide to where you wish to stitch. See figure 4. In my case it was between the two lace insertions. Attach the Ruffler foot and setting #1, (to give you one pleat for very stitch). Adjust the depth screw to halfway. Place the garment under the sole of the foot on your marked line and at the same time place your braid under the needle as well as the drawn line on your shirt. See figure 5. Finish by turning the braid under slightly top and bottom for a neat edge. See figure 6. 


Shoestring Top

This shoestring stop has been one of my favourite tops for a while, although now I feel like I need to widen the straps and covering up a bit. See figure 7. Cut 2 strips of soft fabric (I used rayon) approx. 7cm wide by an approximate length you will need. With matching thread, sew 5mm hem on each side of the strip. Attach the Ruffler foot and adjust setting to #6 and depth halfway. Ruffle down one edge of the length of fabric. See figure 8. Remove the Ruffler foot and attach the A foot. Pin the pleated piece onto the straps and with a stitch length on 3.0, sew the ruffle onto the strap. See Figure 9. Repeat for other side.


White Shirt Revamp

I have used a soft hot pink voile for this technique. The fabric must be very soft, to gain the effect. Lay your fabric on the bias and cut strips 1 1/4" wide - long enough for your project, bearing in mind that it will be gathered up a lot. See figure 10. Set up the Ruffler on #1. (Every stitch being a tuck), with the depth screw on its highest setting. (If you have it too deep on this fabric it will bunch up). Square the end of the strip which will give you a bias cut, and therefore not fray. Place your garment under the sole of the Ruffler, and the narrow strip under the metal plate, sewing down the centre. See figure 11. This will ruffle up beautifully and give it a fun trim, Figure 12. 


Linen Cushion with Frill

have your cushion prepared in the usual manner, but round your corners off so that the ruffle turns easily when sewn on. See figure 13. Cut 8cm wide strips of the same linen on the bias, enough to go around your cushion. (If you do a test pleat to see how much fabric is used, it will save undercuttin - my fabric gathered up from 33cm to 21cm). Join the strips together crossways, and fold strip in half lengthwise. Press the folded edge crisply, see figure 14 and with the A foot, sew down the raw egde. This makes the pleating so much easier. Attach the Ruffler with settings on #6, and the depth as far as you can turn the screw down. See Figure 15. Stitch length 3. Sew the length of the fabric on the rae edge. Pin your completed ruffle onto the top of the cushion and sew around the edge with your A foot - SL 3.0. Place the bottom of the cushion over this and repeat. (This frill could be done on the straight grain also, but it looks so much more professional this way, as long as you have enough fabric!)


Congratulations on finishing your project!

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