I’ve been sewing for a few years now, and I’ve tried pretty much every method of making ruffles out there I think! Over time I’ve settled on just doing the ruffles by hand, but recently with ALL of the ruffling I’ve been doing I got a little desperate. A friend of mine asked me why I didn’t use my serger, and really the only reason I could give was that I wanted to have plenty of control. Well, I decided to give it a go, and after some pointers from her (she has a different serger than I do, so some of it was guesswork and trial and error!), I finally figured it out! I decided I’d do a little “lesson” here for ya’ll today, since my serger is definitely one of the more commonly used ones out there. Hopefully this will help someone!
This is my serger. A Brother 1034D. I LOVE this serger. It’s VERY reasonably priced and I definitely make it work for it’s dinner. I had a Singer before, and it tended to hate the bulkier seams that come with ruffles, bias tape, etc. This one goes through them like butter!
This is what my serger settings normally are for a standard seam finishing. I pretty much stick with what they came set at from the factory! For ruffling though, you’ll want to change them to this:
If you can’t tell what changed, the little lever on the far right is pushed all the way to the top, and that middle dial is turned all the way to the right as well. When that is done, and you leave your tension dials set at the regular settings (mine is set at 4 all the way across), you get a ruffle that looks like this:
It’s not gathered very much huh? This is great for some things, but I personally tend to like things a bit more ruffled! So I played around with the settings and found that if I set the tension dials like this:
Then you end up with a ruffle like this:
Much better! I still make some adjustments by hand if something doesn’t gather quite enough but this is saving me SO much time! I hope I’ve explained it well, and that someone gets brave enough to try it themselves now! If you have any questions, please comment and I’ll answer as best as I can!