Excuse me while I geek out on my new favorite toy… I am not sure who to blame, Amy Karol of Angry Chicken or all of the cute new girly things I am craving to buy this season, but I am absolutely mad for this Ruffler Attachment! I took one home last weekend and even though the sun was finally shining, you found me sitting in my sewing room marveling at how cool this foot is.
It’s quite easy to attach onto your machine and very similar to putting on a walking foot. One piece of advice – thread your needle first! It’s a bit harder once the foot is on. Otherwise, simply wrap the U shaped piece around the needle tightening screw and then attach as you would any other Bernina foot.
You are able to gather or pleat one layer of fabric by itself OR you can also do this while sewing it onto a separate non-gathered piece of fabric. As shown below, I am getting it set up to sew a ruffled strip onto a piece of denim. The piece of fabric that will not be ruffled goes under the entire foot while the piece that you want ruffled slides right above the bottom plate. I have found it easiest to insert your ruffle fabric when the forked pusher assembly is moved as far towards the back of your machine as possible. It allows you to place the start of your fabric directly under your needle. If you start it back further, the pleating mechanism might not catch the fabric.
Note that you have a maximum seam allowance of 1 1/8″ due to the curved metal guide on the right-hand side.
The pleat distance is easily adjusted from 1 to 6 to 12 stitches per pleat plus you can control the depth of each individual pleat by loosening or tighten the front screw. Amazing! You can also set it to 0, giving you no pleating, which would be used if say you wanted to pleat for a given length and then have a section where it is only joining the pieces, then you wanted to begin again.
Here are 3 different samples displaying the difference between the three stitch settings. I used a 2.5 mm stitch length on all of them, but I noticed that when you are set for gathering 1 pleat every stitch, it creates some crazy tight gathering! There are two ways to amend this if that is not what you are looking for: increase the stitch length to 4 mm or more OR get out the handy little screwdriver that comes with your foot and decrease the depth of your pleats. Much better.
I wanted to whip something up immediately so I grabbed some scraps, a bit of linen trim and a couple of zippers and came up with this cute ruffled pouch. You can ruffle trim, ribbon, frayed-edge strips, serged-edge, the possiblilities are endless! Oh, I am just getting started.