)f�x��e�-�M?�KK� xo Gertie. It's cheap and since there is so much on the roll it will last a lifetime. After marking, the bodice front and back should both have nine horizontal lines drawn at the waistline. Pleating is mainly used to make skirts, but can have other uses. Make sure to remember how far the screw was turned so you can easily reset the bobbin tension after shirring. I tend to think that gathering is a generic term for pulling up fabric along a line. 5w�������_��ohywD+��x�xQ5�I���fq]ٍ�wk#��%�����:��0�_f���tl/v@Z��z�m?,ظ�x��D� �s+�{?� ��!�?|`xPB+E�8�ޅ��e���RT�͇���G4c�C��Kr. The elastic thread evenly gathers the fabric between stitches, creating texture and elasticity. It's true! 14 0 obj <> endobj (I thought ruching was when you tickle the soles of somebody's feet and make them sneeze.). xref 0000005169 00000 n 0000023956 00000 n �9�������R��[�JA��. ThanksAnne, wow - the dramatic tension created by leaving the pivotal factor out of the ruching definition until thelast lineof the description!! Although you can add shirring to any part of a garment, it’s most commonly used to create shaping at the neckline, bust, or waist. h�|S{PSW�!�& So interesting! A lot of you went gaga over this taffeta skirt from Vogue's New Book for Better Sewing . lol. L�<2�A/0�SŨ���⷇Ԓ�PqL�prYl�S�8�&qxQ��f�^�'��_D{�1������a� J�S Backstitch at the beginning and end of each stitch line by only 1-2 stitches. h�|WPT�֞�p���2^���˺�U1��.���(��ąA$ q0 i0��T�����0�Ø0�"��ꆷ���{=XVm��_5u�v�=�9���OAm6l\km=k�n����A4���W�!��CpF��$}C4���ɞ��q��W�'�t����`l��f��O������͛7�43^���c�ywh�ϮP㵁^A�� �G����� ��Pc�O��,\��9"ci���4��Gf�}��^��m&�����!�i��G���Ǖ�4�c;J���a�3��#�{.F ��$�I}BM�/%�'��&�xS(�l�� ��� b��H%���:�:�:5�������t����y�!���H���R�� Thanks for the smocking vs shirring info, Claire!Krista, there are so many tutorials out there. When you finish the first few rows of stitching, your garment might not have the gathered appearance you’d expect from shirring. My 1938 edition of Mary Thomas's embroidery book refers to the basis for smocking simply as "gathering" but the 1961 book calls it "gauging". This type of ... Did you know that most regular sewing machines have a special overlock stitch that mimics a serger's stitch? Go to Yesterday's Thimble and look under Tuesday's Tips and Tricks, or just click here.As far as the difference between ruching and shirring, I learned it a little differently: Ruching is when you gather a row that's away from the edge, such as in the middle of a garment, or the middle of a row of trim, and shirring is when there's multiple rows of gathering, regardless of whether there's elastic in the bobbin. As nouns the difference between shirring and gathering is that shirring is two or more rows of gathers used to decorate parts of garments, usually the sleeves, bodice and yoke while gathering is a meeting or get-together; a party or social function. These backstitches will hide within the seam allowance. Take your design one step further and combine different stitches in one section to easily create an heirloom look. trailer %7˺lF������g����6B'� �D�%�SR�~����������Kg��K��u2��(�-�n0R�m��2�#��v�A.��+Q�69�9|'�p.�h��WZ{��?��g�!���̧%\BJl���m��5�3+����@�ZP��=�@�d=WE�[� ��3� 0000012768 00000 n There is something about gathering that is so feminine. I have to admit, I get a bit irked when people confuse these three terms when explaining a style that they don't have a picture for. Ruching is made by creating two or more parallel lines of gathering. The truth is that it all depends on the sewing machine and its tension. Hey Everyone! In fact, I have a tutorial for it in one of my blog posts, complete with illustrations. It's so funny, I was looking at RTW yesterday in a store and saw a T-shirt with a ruched front detail in the center front and thought, "I'll bet most people don't know that's called 'ruching. I have never used dental floss but have used light weight fishing line. Thank You! I'm really excited about the nice results this creates. I can answer that. 0000012284 00000 n Pull up the elastic thread. So I've never tried myself but would love to as it makes those garments fit lovely and gives them a bit of movement! 0 0000017191 00000 n Katie Whittle teaches new skills through in-depth tutorials, sewalongs, and articles for Seamwork Magazine and The Colette Blog. Shirring was added to the dress front and back before constructing the garment, to create a professional finish. Any chance you could give the reference for where that idea came from (I think I get it, but pictures always help! When you have completed shirring your garment, hover a hot steam iron 1” above the shirring and steam the fabric. I'm sure I've mistakenly used the terms smocking and shirring interchangeably, but now I *think* I've got it (shirring = elastic used to create the stretchiness, smocking not). My Bernina h... Sunday, I posted the first part of this tutorial (see it here ), which showed you how to draft a simple pattern for the blue skirt above, ... Have you ever used this stuff before? Thank you. 0000024318 00000 n Leave a 2-3” tail of both all-purpose thread and elastic thread. To start, select the straight stitch on your machine and change the stitch length to a longer setting—around 3-4. I agree with Lisha that ruching is when the gathering is away from the edge of the fabric piece.Zig zag gathering over fine crochet cotton or dental floss is brilliant for very large pieces - bed valances for example,but for smaller items or fine fabrics the technique Amy refers to does, I think, give better results.All this is so interesting! 0000005493 00000 n nothing beats the beauty of word AND sewing geekity together in one post! I'm using horsehair braid for the first time and I'm enamored. The key is to dampen and then steam the heck out of the elastic after sewing, and then voila! Imagine...no more broken gathering threads... :). Your blog posts are awesome, Gertie! If the garment has ample ease, there will be enough fabric to gather attractively. "i didn't realize i was holding my breath until i audibly released it. Setting aside the oddballs like counterchange and Canadian smocking, classic (or English) smocking is a form of shirring, too since the fabric is gathered in regular intervals to form narrow pleats. :), This is such an informative post!! It's not uncommon for women to not know what ruching is!And I didn't know what shirring was (or rather, I knew what it was but didn't know its name) so yay! Leave 2-3” tails at either end of your stitching, pull threads to the wrong side, and knot the threads by hand to avoid adding unsightly bulk. 0000007782 00000 n 1��}n���̌7���*�X�A����3����K����#,�ҵ81qr^ċ֜՜�(�F9-����R�ӐD�ӌqb�����=uf�}��9[_��*&�Z*O6VP��u? Make This Skirt! I once had a vintage hawaiian dress re-shirred by a dressmaker, when I picked it up, she said don't ever ask me to do that again!