As promised, today we will focus on HOW TO USE THE ELNA RUFFLER ATTACHMENT. Please refer to the links below for further pics and information about the featured ruffler attachments.
- THE JANOME ULTIMATE (or universal) ruffler will fit onto most of our ELNA machines whether the machine is a high shank or low shank model. The reason is because this ruffler will click onto the ankle so it does not matter whether it is HS or LS. Part # 943100000. It comes in a little pink box.
- If you have the ELNA 7300 OR EL 740 EXCELLENCE, you will need the ACUFEED ruffler Part # 846415008.
- If you have the NEW EL760 sewing machine which has 9mm stitches, then you will need the ruffler for 9mm machines Part # 202095004.
Notice the part with 4 slots for selecting the type of gathers/tucks/pleats required (top pic)
The black knob/screw in the bottom pic is for adjusting the depth of the gather or tuck taken into the fabric. We suggest you “play” with these settings until you are familiar with how it works and gives you the result you are requiring.
Most rufflers are pretty similar in how they work so if you already have a generic ruffle attachment, please check with your dealer to establish if it might work with your machine.
- Here is a pic of the ruffling or gathering of fabric when it is gathered at every stitch – very full gathers result. The amount of ruffle length required is approx. 4-5 times the finished length. We have ended off the raw edge of the gather with a serger rolled hem to show one type of edge finish that can be done when you make ruffles.
- This pic shows tucks made with the ruffle when the #6 is selected – in other words, a tuck is taken at every 6th stitch that is sewn. Adjustments can be made for a tiny little tuck or for a much deeper tuck – use the black knob. This tuck requires about twice the length of fabric to ruffle. This ruffle raw edge was finished off with a 4mm rolled hem made with the 4mm Narrow hem foot for ELNA sewing machines 9available for 7mm & 9mm sewing machines)
- This pic shows a pleat when the ruffle selection is #12 – a pleat or tauck is taken at every 12th stitch. Obviously only a small amount of extra fabric length is required so work on approx. 1.25 x the required length to ruffle. The edge finish is a 6mm rolled hem made with the 6mm Narrow Hemmer foot (available for 7mm & 9mm sewing machines)
- Another way to use the Ruffler attachment is to gather the ruffle at the same time as sewing it to a flat piece of fabric …..such as a waist band or edge of a table cloth, bed skirt, dress, etc. In this case, select, 1,6 or 12 and feed that into the ruffle in the usual way. In addition, you will have your waistband or fabric edge that is flat & neatened along the edge. lay this UNDER the ruffle attachment right on the bed of the sewing machine. Now ruffle along and you will find your do 2 steps in one! See pic below.
- double ruffle with folded fabric so no raw edge to finish – a great way to deal with fabrics like satin which fray easily.
- Many thanks to Linda & Debbie who put together a GREAT powerpoint presentation last year on the Ruffler. Much of this blog post was lifted from that powerpoint and samples in pic’s were made by Linda. So credit must go where credit is due! Thanks, ladies!