Ruffling a New Scarf!

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I’ve had this gorgeous voile fabric since last summer. You may have read about my “Zippity-Do-Dah” scarf {make that scarves} in this post.

This Amy Butler cotton voile has such a lovely hand; so satiny-smooth!  And a beautiful print in those ‘lift-you-up’ spring colors!  It’s so pretty, it’s hard to tell the wrong side of the fabric from the right side –  so vibrant.

This is the prototype, where I first practiced finishing the edges of the scarf using the #69 foot, which is part of a series of feet, called the ‘lap seam’ or edge finishing feet I have.  I published the tutorial (same as for the scarf) for using these specialty feet here.

Now the fun begins — it’s kinda like you went through a Bernina drive-through and said “Supersize it!” LOL.

Don’t be afraid! It’s not a monster… but it is heavy metal!  Like you know, “Rock on Dudettes!”  (or dudes as the case may be)

Here’s some great facts I am sharing from a page in my Bernina “Feetures” book. I use these books alot… they are such a great resource. (sorry for the glare)

How to put the foot on?  It’s so big, it can seem intimidating, but it’s pretty straight-forward, really!

See that horseshoe-looking metal piece below?  They call it ‘the fork’ and it slips over and fits on the needle bar.  In case you’re not sure what that is – the needle bar is the metal piece where you loosen the screw to insert your needle.

I’m thinkin’ I should win an academy award for best angle on a sewing machine (picture below).  But I wanted to show you underneath, and this is the underside view from the right hand side of my machine. See how that ‘fork’ or as I prefer to call it, the ‘horseshoe’ — sits on my needle bar?  That’s the screw that loosens and tightens your needle in place.  {Okay, forget the award}

It’s time to—ruffle!  That would be the distant cousin to the Rumba! {Perhaps Dancing With The Stars should have a new dance routine with that name!}  

Ok – nevermind. 

I began to ruffle — stitching down each long side of the scarf, which essentially means that the ruffle is centered down the middle of the scarf.  This foot is so much fun to use, and it’s lickety-split!  As it began to ruffle, I kept my fabric edge, aligned inside the metal ‘fold’ piece, that extends to the right of the foot, using that as my visual guide for placement of the ruffles on the scarf.

“Ruffles have ridges.”  
{Remember that commercial?!}

Don’t ask me where I get this stuff… my mind is one big bag of chips… and some of them are a bit cracked!   LOL

Set the number of pleats you want… It is really sew easy to do!  You just lift up the bar, and move it into the slot that indicates the number of pleats you want per number of stitches the machine takes. 

I set mine to one pleat per stitch in the pic below.   

And this is what it looks like with one pleat for every stitch.  Hint:  Lengthen your stitch to stretch the pleats out a bit more.  I just love this ‘perfect-pleat’ look!  And bingo  ~  it’s done in a flash!  And that’s alot of pleats in no-time-flat.

Note on this scarf that the edge stitching/hem stitching was done incorrectly!  It’s actually backwards… (That’s why it’s a prototype!) LOL

However, for this scarf, I actually selected #6 – to make a pleat every six stitches.  Lift and drop it onto the right slot. It’s done!

There’s so much versatility to this foot.  It will also ruffle a piece of fabric onto another base fabric, such as bed skirts.  Piece of cake!   However… because of it’s ‘heavy metal’ it’s a spendy one and they are now upwards of $200.  Sorry for the sticker shock. I am glad I bought mine years ago, when it was only (gulp) $80 and I’ve enjoyed using it every minute.  

Here’s to more ruffles {and scarves} in your life! 

And in case you or someone you know is interested in buying one… they are for sale in my Etsy shop.  10% off with the code: MARVELES10.


Comments 3

  1. I, too, am glad I got my ruffler foot a long time ago. Luv the ruffler dance!!! I have GOT to find me some of this voile.

  2. Sew pretty Leslie! I love the ruffler foot, I wonder if my machine has an attachment like that..oh Leslie thank you, I really LOVE my scarf! It is the perfect color for me and those really are my new house colors! xxxxxxxoooooooooo

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