6.05.2008

Don't Sass the Teacher ...

So ... it was my plan a couple of days ago when I last blogged, to post pictures today of my latest red/green project.

Uh .... not so much.

Truth be told I haven't touched it in the last two days. But trust me ... it will be charming and delightful when I do.
And that is because the intended recipient is more than charming and delightful.

So, in order to buy myself some more time because I am not yet done (or even a whole lot further along) with it than I was two days ago, I offer the following tutorial. I love to use this trick on any ruffle that is longer than a breadstick and thicker than a breadbox. Who wants to put deep grooves in ones hands while trying to gather with one or two strands of basting thread? Not me, I'm telling you.

The trick is to use string. As you can see I have my two-years supply of string because I consider it an essential part of my preparedness program. Attach the string to the fabric (which is a double thickness btw) with a large zig-zag stitch. (If it's too small the string won't pull through it with ease.) I love to use my Bernina #31 foot which holds everything nicely in place, but a simple open-toed foot would work. Then ... pulling just on the string and not on the threads ...

Voila! Gathering with grace. Ruffles with refinement. Pillows with panache.
Now that's your lesson for today. You all get stars on your foreheads.

Any questions?

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6 comments:

Glamma Fabulous aka Kelley Smith said...

NOW you tell me when I just finished pulling tiny thread thru my zig-zag stiches when I made the ruffle for Kelli's quilt TODAY?!!!! More Tutorials PLEASE!!!!!!(I like them)

Mrs. Dub said...

This was great ... now, can you tell me how to thread a machine again?

steph said...

can you do a post with photos on how to sew a button? i know that you showed me once... but i have no memory :( ... and this ruffle technique is well beyond my skill-set.

stephanie said...

that is a fabulous trick. i'm never gathering a large ruffle without string again.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh my. I had forgotten that my mother used to do that! I would never have remembered that if you hadn't shown us that. What a great tip.

P Daddy said...

You've always known how to pull my string.