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How To Use A Ruffler Foot

by Sarah

We show you how to use a ruffler foot, how to install it and properly configure the settings and how to use it specifically on certain types of fabrics

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Eunice Misbe January 22, 2018 - 10:33 am

I was wondering what the long bolt adjustment screw does. I am loading the fabric according to the video but it is only flat sewing.

Sarah January 23, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Hi! That long bolt adjusts how much fabric is pushed in to create each ruffle. The more you screw the bolt in, the less fabric is used.

Kitty March 14, 2014 - 7:02 am

Sarah, i need to sew a lot of ruffles and gathered skirts in a hurry. typically, i need to gather or ruffle 45″ widths into about 12″. sometimes, 60″ into 12″. can the low shank ruffler feet achieve this 5:1 gathering/pleating? If the ruffler foot does not do mathematical conversions, as I have heard, then does it nonetheless make it easier to achieve the kind of results requested above–for instance by using the ruffler foot first then stitching it again with a gathering stitch to further gather? Your advice and help regarding how to best proceed, would be so greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Sarah March 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Hi Kitty! I believe it will, it’s just a matter or making sure you have the right combination of settings. However, to be certain, let me go try it on my machine and get back to you. Basically, you need 3.75 to 5 ruffles per inch, which the ruffler foot can do. The trick is making sure you have the proper depth. I’ll go try it out and get back to you.

Greta October 9, 2013 - 5:47 pm

I click on “How to Wire a Foot Control” and come to this page. Is there not a file on repairing a foot control?

Sarah October 10, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Hi Greta! Sorry for the confusion. I think this is the link you are looking for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLP0C4rFeBY

Ramona Walter June 19, 2013 - 10:24 am

My ruffler all of a sudden would not ruffle when I changed the setting to 6 or 12. Cannot figure out whats wrong.

Sarah June 20, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Hi Ramona! I’m so sorry you are having trouble with your ruffler foot – is there a local sew and vac store in your area. Sometimes those kinds of feet just need a quick tweaking.


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