Sewing 101: The Ruffler Foot Revisited

The ruffler foot has yet to make an appearance in Ruffles 2013! What would RUFFLES be without the ruffler foot? I just wanted to revisit with my very favorite machine foot: the ruffler.

One of my favorite parts about the Melody machine (and a big reason I got a Babylock) is that it takes all my old machine feet! Yes, the binding foot, ruffler foot, piping(welting) foot, the pintuck foot, the narrow rolled hem foot and on and on! Some dealer machines have specific feet made only to fit their brand and they cost a fortune. But all of my generic feet fit on the Melody! Hooray!

Here’s a little review of how to use the ruffler foot.

The side of the ruffler foot has an orange knob with a little dial on the other side. Loosen the orange screw and turn the dial to the depth you want your “pleats” to be. The measurement is in mm from 0 to 8mm. I prefer somewhere in the middle so the pleats appear more like gathers.

The top of the ruffler foot has 4 notches and a little bar. Each notch has a number *, 12, 6, 1 which is the frequency of pleats. The star means don’t pleat. 12 means pleat every 12 stitches and so on.  Move the bar into the frequency notch that you want. I prefer every single stitch for serious ruffles, so I usually have this bar in #1.

The ruffle foot snaps right into your presser foot holder. Unscrew your normal presser foot, remove it and stick the ruffler in it’s place.

The screw (#1) will tighten over #2 and the claw like part (#4) goes over the bar (#3). It’s really simple to install, but you may have to raise the claw part to make sure it reaches the bar.

Now make sure your needle is in the CENTER position. I used stitch #2 on my Babylock. This is super important because if you leave it in a left or right position you will break a needle!

Now insert your fabric underneath the plastic black piece and start sewing. The black piece moves as you sew, pleating your fabric in perfect little gathers.

A few tips:
-I recommend threading your needle before installing the ruffler foot as things get tight in there once it is installed.
-Double check that your needle is in the center position so you don’t break a needle!

I’ll be back later with a quick and cute project using the ruffler foot and this metallic ruffle seen above!




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