Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ruffle Roulette


I have spent a few hours trying to get the better of the ruffler foot. I have decided that the variables - tension, stitch length, fabric type and the way I hold my mouth -  make ruffling with the ruffle foot a bit random.

This is what the foot looks like:
You put the fabric to be ruffled under the foot as usual then slide the piece you want to attach it to in the slot.

Here is what I have discovered.

  1. The type of fabric makes a huge difference. Just changing from printed quilting cotton to homespun makes a difference.
  2. I have narrowed down the possibilities so I only have to do one test run to check if it works.
  3. The most you can gather reduces the length by nearly half. So you need at least twice as much length for any project to be sure the ruffled bit will fit on the unruffled bit. Not sure about chiffon. It may ruffle more.
  4. You have to guide the fabric with both hands to sew two pieces together. A very light touch with the left hand around the top strip and the right hand around the bottom strip. They tend to move left and right just a fraction otherwise.
  5. I also learnt that dolly ruffle skirts need only a little bit of ruffle in each tier or they just stick out funny. I sewed with tension 7 and stitch length 2 (my tension guide goes to 9)
  6. You can't fold the fabric and ruffle the raw edges. You need to do a rolled hem on one edge and ruffle the other.

I tried lots of different combinations and several types of fabric and wrote it all down like a science experiment.



My conclusion is that for my machine I will be using the following settings for most light to medium weight fabrics.
To sew a flat piece on while ruffling the bottom piece I will use tension 6 or 7 and stitch length 2.
For just ruffling I will use tension 6 and stitch length 3 or tension 5 or 6 and stitch length 4

I watched several tutorials on how to use the ruffler foot. They said attach it "like this" and "just sew and you get lovely ruffles". There wasn't much about what you could really do with it and how. I hope my little experiment inspires you to get your ruffler foot out and give it a go. I will definitely be using it more. It is so much easier than pulling up the threads and it tends to just sit there without unravelling like the pulled up thread does. There is no need to tie off the ends.

I will be making ruffles on doll skirts and little ruffle strips overlocked on each side and ruffled down the centre to sew on like lace. I may even make a cushion or pillow cover with ruffles one day.

Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sewing and Other Things

It is so exciting to see the house coming together. The kitchen went in the other day and the tiler is doing the floors this week too. I am really happy with the open plan.



The yard just up the road has some nice grass.


The Bushfire Brigade have been burning off along the edge of the national park. The smoke the last few days has been pretty bad. I think they probably timed the burn so the fire was blown towards the road and the town rather than into the park. There is already a wide ditch between the bush and the road so a controlled burn blowing that way is not a problem for the firies but a nuisance for us.


I found some pretty grosgrain ribbon at the cheap shop while I was in Brisbane. It is perfect for doll tote bag handles so I have been making a bunch of cute tote bags.


I called this bag the Resort.


Dolly hasn't changed her clothes for a while. She is waiting for the witch costume. She had to stand on a moving box for the photo shoot and I had to level her up with a snack pack of rope. It is hard to find places with good light.

Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to the North Pole SAL August 2014

I have started to pack up some of my sewing things in anticipation of the big move early November. The house will be locked up today when the garage door goes on and the kitchen will go in next week. I love the kitchen. I will post a few pictures soon.

I feel like a bit of a poor hostess not working on my Welcome to the North Pole blocks but I do hope some of you have managed to get a bit done this month. It is quite exciting to see some of the quilts started last year almost finished now.

I hope you will post some progress in the linky at the bottom of the page.

In keeping with the applique theme at least, I have created a small Tribute to Spring with some flower pots and flowers that could be used for applique or stitchery but I think it would look great with a bit of both.


It is so easy to put patterns in my Craftsy store so that is where I have put this one. It is free to download. If you are not a member of Craftsy yet please sign up through my affiliate link in the left hand side bar. I get a small commission when new members sign up.

I have just been down to Brisbane for a visit with my mum and we went up to Tea and Niceties (32 Eagle Heights Rd Tamborine Mountain). What a lovely high tea we had. Well worth a visit. Especially now they are in their new garden location. It was $55 each. My favourite thing is the tiny scones. We even bought a teacup and plate set like the ones they use. It is a design they had made just for them. I haven't got a picture of the cup design and I scoffed most of the goodies before remembering to take a photo. Pathetic I know, but you will just have to visit for yourself.



Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val


Saturday, August 16, 2014

FNSI


I managed to get some sewing done. The little applique pinny has been hanging around for a while so I got busy and finished it off. I am thinking the applique pieces are just a fraction too big. The dress bodice is my vest pattern cut a bit shorter.


I played around with the basic skivvy a bit. There are still a few tweeks to make it perfect. Here is Jessica modelling it with the jacket I made before. Unfortunately there is no coordinating skirt or pants so she just has her shorts on.

I used a narrow zig zag stitch to sew all the seams and hem. The pieces are just a bit small for the overlocker. Today I will make the few changes to the skivvy pattern and work on a new doll tote bag pattern.

It is overcast and not very pleasant weatherwise today so it will be good for sewing.

Make sure you have a look at what all the others have been up to at Sugarlane Quilts.

Happy Quilting and Crafting,
Val
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