Adding Dimension to Your Quilt: The RufflerJanuary 23, 2010
The ruffler is a great little attachment I have for my sewing machine that makes ruffling fabric a breeze. The ruffler looks somewhat complicated, takes some effort to figure out and get used to and it can be pricey but, believe me, it is worth it. A ruffler is the easiest way to get the best ruffle.
I have a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine so I bought the Husqvarna ruffler to go with it. The different brands of rufflers probably are slightly different and have some variations so I want to make it clear that I am talking about the Husqvarna ruffler here.
To attach the ruffler to my machine I first remove the presser foot and ankle by unscrewing the ankle screw. I keep this screw finger tight so l won’t need a screwdriver but if it were too tight I’d use the screwdriver that came with my machine.
As I slide the ruffler into position I make sure the fork-shaped part slides over the needle clamp screw at the top. Once the ruffler is in position I replace the ankle screw to hold the ruffler in place.
Very Important: Only the straight stitch can be used with the ruffler. There is only a small hole for the needle to go through which could mean major damage for the machine if the wrong stitch were selected. I double check to make sure I am using a straight stitch.
The fabric is inserted from the left into the ruffler between the two plates at the bottom. The fabric must always move away from me through the ruffler; pulling it toward me could damage the ruffler.
And finally, I lower the presser foot and sew! Slow and steady yields the best results. What could be an easier way to get perfect ruffles? All of the gathers are evenly spaced and of the same depth which gives a consistent, professional look to the gathers.
Next time I will take a look at how to vary the density and depth of gathers with the ruffler.