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Is there a way to gather for a ruffle using machine or serger without
pulling the thread?


Dana :)


Re: Gathering on machine or serger
Dana Compton wrote:
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Yes, if you buy a gathering foot or a ruffler foot.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.

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Are they generic or do I need to buy one for my machine specifically?

Dana :)



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Dana Compton wrote:

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Try looking at www.nancysnotions.com  They carry several different kinds of
specialty feet.  They usually will say they are for high, low, or Singer
slant shanks.  You just have to know which kind your machine is. (they have
pictures of each kind.)  Usually, you can get them made for your machine
from a dealer that sells that brand. So it's whatever you care to do.  I
have some generic feet for my Singer. They all worked fine.  But for my
Viking, I found it better to get the ones made by Viking.  Seems to like
them better.  (it didn't much care for the generic invisible zipper foot
for example.)  

Sharon
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pig.

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Dana, you will get the best results with a ruffler foot, imho.  They do
look intimidating at first, but if you set yourself up with a metre of
scrap fabric and test, test and test again, you will become more
familiar with the ruffler.

Make sure you keep it lightly oiled on the moving parts, because if
these become dry the ruffles/pleats will become uneven.  There is lots
of adjustment with this foot, as it actions on the first, sixth and
twelfth stitch, so by selecting a longer stitch you get tight pleats or
more open ones.

I prefer to use the ruffler foot than drawing up threads or adjusting
tensions as I find these don't get the same effect and definitely not as
even.  Actually I have three ruffler feet....one for each machine and
one spare because the small spring steel part that activates the cam has
broken a couple of times and as usual, it's been when I've had to meet a
deadline.

Hope this helps?
Bronwyn ;-)

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Oh yes everyone has been helpful!!! TY ALL so very very much.

Last question on this one, does the brand of "feet" matter? Are some
better than others?

Dana (who is very grateful for the help)


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Dana Compton wrote:

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The brand that is best for your machine is the one made by the same
company for that machine: that way the 'footprint' of the machine will
match the feed dogs of the machine and feed the fabric correctly.  I
have two 'generic' walking feet for my low shank machines, and one
Husqvarna one for the Lily.  I prefer the Husqvarna one and use it
whenever I can as it is much sturdier.  Next comes the Allbrands one: it
was £18 (rather than the £40 of the HV!), and it's much better than the
'Singer Fit' unbranded one, but I have to choose whichever of these fits
the machine I'm using best!

One thing to remember with all these gadgets like walking feet and
rufflers (all my rufflers are either Husqvarna or old 'Semanco' Singer
made ones for cast iron era machines) is that you must go slowly!  No
hammering down the back straight as if you were Formula 1 sewing!  And
use the rufflers on LIGHT WEIGHT FABRICS!  They were not built for
anything heavier than quilting cotton!  They also work better on crisp
cottons and silks rather than soft drapy fluid things like knits and
liquid satins.
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Re: Gathering on machine or serger
Dana Compton wrote:
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Yes.  There are shirring/gathering feet available for most machines,
either 'own brand' or generic, and there are gathering feet available
for most sergers.  There are also rufflers available for most sewing
machines.  These make small tucks or pleats at regular intervals you set
on the foot.

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Back of the Kitchen cupboard gadgets (was: Gathering on machine or serger)
On Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:28:40 +0000, Kate XXXXXX wrote:

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  There are also rufflers available for most sewing
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Hmm, that goes down as one of my 'back of the kitchen cupboard' buys, like
the mandolin (I much prefer my super sharp knives), and the gas-pressured
cream dispenser (fine until you got towards the end of the cream, when it
squirted out all in all directions)......

I tried the ruffler several times, using a variety of materials, fiddling
with all the adjustments, but it just didn't work successfully. The ruffles
always come out very unevenly spaced.

Any other nominations for BotKC gadgets?

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the dot wanderer at tesco dot net

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The Wanderer wrote:

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Electric cheese grater, received as a gift, never really got the hang of
it.  At least with a traditional grater I can only blame myself for
grated knuckles.

Lizzy

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"Rice Steamers"!  What were they thinking???



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I use my rice cooker/steamer every week. First was introduced to one by a
friend from Hawaii 20 yrs ago. Requested one as a wedding gift 18 yrs ago
and have been using one regularly since then.
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Nick and Judy wrote:
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Congratulations!   ;-)

MY DH was a gadget freak, he gave it to me several years ago. I
found it somewhat useful for steaming asparagus, but I use a pot
and the stove for steaming rice, works just fine.  And it doesn't
have all the fiddly bits to be cleaned up after....

My DD now owns the "rice steamer".  And I gave the "Super Dooper
Electric Meat Slicer" to the Goodwill.  Along with the "Fry
Baby"....



Re: Back of the Kitchen cupboard gadgets (was: Gathering on machine or serger)
On Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:38:07 -0800, "BEI Design"

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My rice steamer doesn't have any fiddly bits -- just a pot, a lid, and
a heater that switches itself to "keep warm" after a while.  

It's really groovy for cooking the little pork roasts I buy at Aldi's
(Aldi's pre-seasoned roasts seem to be a local Indiana thing; hoosiers
adore tenderloin).  Right after breakfast, I grease the pot, plop in
the meat, pour in enough frozen lima beans for two people, fill the
pot with frozen stir-fry vegetables, and switch it to "cook".  It
comes to a boil, switches itself to low, and by suppertime, the meat
is spoon-cutting tender, the beans (which require a higher temperature
than meat) are just cooked, and the stir-fry is a delectable gravy.
Add a tossed salad and it's a formal meal for practically no work.  

Joy Beeson
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Joy Beeson wrote:
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That's a great idea.  I've never used the rice cooker (mine is like
yours, just a pot removable for cleaning, a lid, and the heating base)
but it might be worth a try.

My husband has a favorite meal he calls "the white dinner."  It's a pork
tenderloin, cooked in sauerkraut, served with mashed potatoes (Country
Crock these days) and apple sauce.  It's definitely monochromatic.  I
sometimes add green beans for a color accent.  I used to cook the
tenderloin in the oven, but now use the Aroma Super Pot because I can
brown the meat, then turn it down when I add the sauerkraut, and let it
simmer.
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Joanne
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Re: Back of the Kitchen cupboard gadgets (was: Gathering on machine or serger)
Thanks for posting the recipe.  I am not a "hoosier" have never even visited
your fair state, but DS &I like the pre-seasoned roasts and lima
beans(popular in MS) so intend to try it soon.
Emily



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My DS & I love the pre-seasoned roasts, they're popular in Houston, too,
though not Aldi's.  We also like lima beans and stir-fry veggies, so your
recipe sounds delicious and we will try it soon.
Emily



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This is funny.  I have had nothing but success with my old Singer
rufflers - it's almost like watching a magician.  Really amazing.  I
also have a rice cooker that I like very much.  I have had another that
didn't do such a good job.  I got the rice cooker before I got my Anolon
cookware, though, and it was such a treat to have the rice come out
right every time.  With the Anolon stuff, it does, too, but it has no
timer.  ;-)

A favorite, currently, is another Aroma product (the people who made the
rice cooker I like) - it's their "Super Pot"
<http://www.aroma-housewares.com/kitchen/appliances/ASP-137.html
Between that and my new Cuisinart toaster/convection oven,
<http://www.cuisinartwebstore.com/product_detail.asp?HDR=TOASTOVEN&T1=CUI+TOB%2D165
I hardly need the stove anymore.

Worst buy?  Some years ago I got a Rival "Cut Above" which is a sort of
blender-mixer that attached to the bottom of the upper cabinet and had
containers that fit.  It rattled the whole kitchen.  I've also got an
unused, still in the box, Melitta coffee roaster.  Yeah.  I'm really
gonna do that when my grocery has Peet's and Starbucks on the shelf.

For the record, I do not own or work for Singer, Aroma or Cuisinart, nor
am I a stockholder in any of those companies.

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Joanne
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On Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:55:31 -0800, BEI Design wrote:

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We-ell, our rice steamer is a part of the steamer, and we'd not be without
the steamer for vegetables. Used the rice cooker bit once, just to see if
it cooked the rice any differently, but it's saucepan for us for rice....


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Richard

the dot wanderer at tesco dot net

Re: Back of the Kitchen cupboard gadgets
We use our rice steamer often.  However, we also have a bagel machine
purchased ~11 or 12 years ago - never been used. It's on the shelf next to
the electric wok (I prefer the wok I've used for over 35 years), and the
juicer I've used once.

Sharon


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