How to Use a Ruffler Attachment for Pleats and Ruffles: Free Video Tutorial

Honestly, isn’t this one of the most frightening-looking sewing accessories you’ve ever seen? Don’t let its looks scare you away! Once you’ve used one, you’ll fall in love and think it’s absolutely beautiful! A ruffler attachment, such as BERNINA’s Ruffler Attachment #86, provides a wonderful alternative to gathering or pleating fabric by hand. The ruffler mechanism folds tiny pleats just before the fabric moves under the needle, creating flat, evenly spaced tucks. The frequency of the tucks can be altered – every stitch, every sixth stitch, or every twelfth stitch, and the depth of the tucks can be adjusted using the screw at the front of the attachment. And not only does the ruffler attachment gather and pleat, it can gather and pleat one piece of fabric while simultaneously stitching it to a flat piece of fabric. What a time-saver! Here’s Connie to show you how easy it is to use this rather scary-looking attachment. Don’t worry, it’s actually very simple!

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