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I'm trying to do shirring?

I'm using elastic thread in the bobbin and I've tried loosely and tightly winding the bobbin, but nothing seems to be working. When I put the bobbin thread in the case, it's too tight tension wise so I tried not putting it through the tension in the bobbin case. When I start doing a straight stitch the needle thread keeps getting caught around the bobbin/bobbin case? Help! Nearly the same problem. Do you think loosening the screws on the side of the bobbin case will do the trick? Mine will go through, but stretches the elastic before it gets sewed, causing the elastic to be too tense when it's in the fabric. I'm using a Pfaff Select 1548.

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I had a problem with my Pfaff 7570. First, I loosened the bobbin tension quite a lot. Second, I lengthened the stitch to 4.5. Lastly, as I was sewing. I gently helped pull the fabric as the machine sewed.

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My machines has a shirring foot, so I don;t have the same machine. However, I do not think that elastic thread will work in the bobbin. Have you tried it the other way around? Do you have your manual?

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Be sure you hand-wind the bobbin with the elastic thread. You may also need to loosen the bobbin tension a bit if the elastic thread is stretching too much while stitching.

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I was just reading in the manual for my antique Montgomery Ward Model 30. It described shirring using a ruffle foot. If we can extrapolate from this info you may be able to do shirring with yours. You'll need similar material scraps to practice.

It describes a "shirring plate" that essentially goes over the feed dog area and eliminates their pulling the fabric through. So to emulate this you'll need to lower the feed dogs. Look for a slide type switch either on the front or back of the machine near the needle area.

Attach your ruffler foot. The instructions say to remove the separator blade... that's the very bottom part of the attachment. On mine there's a screw that allows you to take that part off which only leaves the blade that tucks the fabric to make the ruffle. (hopefully modern machines have this ability) Make sure you place your screw and blade in a safe place. (I like to use masking tape... and tape it to a safe place)

Place the material between the feed dog area and the ruffler blade. Longer stitches mean bigger and more loose ruffles. So lets start with big ruffles.... set your stitch really long. Set your ruffler setting for the desired type of ruffle or Plait. Shirring is done with a single stitch plait or "gathering"

Ok here is where it gets a bit confusing because modern seamstresses don't have the variety of threads we used to (or can afford anyway) It says. "Thread bobbin with mercerized DMC floss No.3 keeping the bobbin tension loose, long stitches and thread top with stitching silk that contrasts strongly with the color of the DMC sot that the stitch of the bobbin thread will stand out clearly as a trim" It also suggests the use of the quilting guide to make your stitch rows evenly spaced.

So practice this technique on some scrap or similar materials. Good luck. ;)

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I am trying to shir using elastic thread in my bobbin but my fabric will not shir & my elastic there jams causing me to start all over. I have studied many tutorials. It seems I need to tighten the...


Have you wound the bobbin with the shiring under tension? you need the shirring elastic to be stretched somewhat as it goes onto the bobbin so that when stitched out, it relaxes and pulls the fabric up.

And yes, usually you need to tighten up the bobbin tension also to stretch the elastic some more.

The Ellure has a horizonal drop in bobbin so you will need to access this to adjust the tension. This may require unscrewing the two screws holding down the needle plate (metal flat plate you sew over). Take this off and now you'll see the bobbin holder area clearly. Look where the tension spring is, the little groove you pull the thread into when threading up. Is there a small dial just near this, about 7mm across? it will have a groove in the top and hopefully a + and - marking.

IMPORTANT: carefully make a note of where it is set now. Take a picture or write a little diagram down so you can get it back to normal setting. Use your little accessory screwdriver and carefully turn it one click to +, then test sew. YOu may need to turn it up 3 clicks to get the elastic stretched enough. Just make sure you know where to set the dial back to when you are done.

Also, remember you won't be able to shir heavy fabric, just light weight cottons work best.

I find that stitching lots of straight lines of shirring like you see tube bodice sundresses made in ready to wear is very hard, factories will have a machine that sews 20 rows at once. And getting enough gathers is trial and error with a domestic sewing machine.

Here's how I do it. Turn down top selvage edge of the fabric width you want to gather, turn down about 10mm and straight stitch around. Now on the wrong side with a sewing marker pen rule lines down from here across the fabric width spaced 1 cm apart. Now lie shirring elastic on these lines and stitch over it with a narrow zig zag stitch making sure not to catch the elastic with the needle. Start each sitching seam one cm from the raw edge of the fabric and finish the seam the same way.

Now I pull the elastic up from each side pulling all of them evenly until I"ve got it gathered enough. Now place right sides together and stitch the fabric into a tube catching the elastic ends in and securing them.

I hope this helps you out.

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I am trying to do shirring with elastic thread on 100% cotton fabric, but it is not working. The result is very poor. I hand wound the bobbin with elastic thread but unfortunatly is doesn't stretch out...


I hand wind the bobbin but use regular thread for my top thread and set my machine with the longest stitch length. I put my tension on 3, my friend uses 4 but I guess it depends on your machine.

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