Sewing Tip: How to Sew Ruffles

Hi! It’s Jen from The Smitten Chicken. Most of the sewing I do is quilting. But with a house full of girls; I also make outfits, costumes . . . whatever they can dream up! Most of the time these clothing items include RUFFLES!  I always dreaded making ruffles. Until I discovered a new way to create ruffles.  Now we put ruffles on everything! Would you like to learn a new way to sew ruffles? Follow along for my tips and tricks!

traditional ruffles with bee design

The traditional way to create ruffles is to sew a basting stitch at 5/8″ and then another basting stitch at 3/8″. Then you would pull both ends of the thread to create the ruffles. If you have made ruffles this way, chances are the thread would break!!! Then you would be left with uneven ruffles and a headache.

embroidery foot #6

Let me introduce you to my favorite ruffle-making foot . . . the BERNINA Embroidery Foot #6!

embroidery foot

Let’s get started!  Do you see that little hole in the front of the Embroidery foot?  Using any crochet thread you want, thread the crochet thread through that little hole.

crochet thread and bobbin thread

With your machine threaded, join the crochet thread with the top thread and the bobbin thread at the back of the machine. Leave about 2-3 inches for a tail.

Then select the zig-zag stitch or stitch number 2. I typically sew with a stitch length of 2.50.  Your zig-zag stitch width should be 3.9.

embroidery foot

Let the Embroidery foot do its magic! The zig-zag stitch will sew over the crochet thread. The Embroidery foot will feed the crochet thread through the machine. I typically use a 3/8″ seam allowance.

length of ruffle

Stitch the entire length of your ruffle. Leave a 2-3 inch tail at the end and then cut your threads.

pull on crochet thread

Then pull on your crochet thread and watch your fabric start to ruffle! And NO threads will break. It is easy to adjust the size of your ruffles and make them consistent in your project.

beginning to ruffle

Once you have sewn the ruffle into your project, you can remove the crochet thread if you want. Or if you want to leave it in, no one will see it since it is in the seam allowance. Now you can put ruffles on everything. Happy ruffle-making!

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Chirp Out!


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