When I brought Serge, I was luck enough to be given a free set of attachments.
One of these was for gathering.
If you have a similar attachment but not quite sure how to use it, this step by step guide might just help!
Step 1: Set your overlocker to its ‘normal’ serging settings.
Step 2: Place the right side of your fabrics together. The fabric you want to ruffle goes on the bottom, the one you want to keep flat goes on top. Sew a few stitches to catch the edge of your fabric.
Step 3: Change you settings to create a gather. As I’m after lots of fabulous ruffles I have set my differential feed to 2, increased my stitch length to 4.5 and needle tensions to 7.
The important thing is to have fun playing with your settings. Try out different combinations until you get the amount of ruffle you are after!
Step 4: Swing the arm of your gathering attachment in between your fabric layers – you will need to raise your foot to do this.
Step 5: Start stitching! The top fabric should stay flat and the bottom will gather.
Voila – One fabulous ruffle!