We broke up

My boyfriend and I broke up. You remember him, don’t you?  My ruffler/gathering foot.  I don’t know what I did wrong, but suddenly he gave me the cold shoulder.  He didn’t want to gather or ruffle for me anymore. 

When I was making my niece Katie’s Xmas nightgown (a monument to gathers and ruffles), I couldn’t get him to gather for the life of me.  I looked up his directions in the manual (wouldn’t it be great if men did come with manuals???), I did an internet search on how to get better gathers, I changed thread tension, I changed stitch length.  In short, I tried everything.

My boyfriend wouldn’t gather.

My last ditch effort to save the relationship?  I thought to crowd the fabric from behind the needle and the fabric started to gather in a more acceptable fashion.  I don’t know why this idea occurred to me.  I don’t know if I had read about it in someone’s blog post or in one of my sewing books, but the idea just popped into my head.  I just smushed the fabric against the needle plate as I stitched and it helped the foot to gather the fabric as it fed through.  It wasn’t as consistent as it had been in the past, but what man is consistent?

I’m not sure if we’re going to get back together or not.  The pain is still too fresh.  But you can be sure, I will let you know if there are any further developments.



9 responses to “We broke up

  1. I laughed out loud at this! You are tooooo funny! Glad you got him tamed enough to get the monument to gathering finished.

  2. Sometimes men are just not worth it! Very funny post.

  3. how sad that this break up took place during the holidays. you may find this entry from Belinda’s blog helpful


  4. Gatherers are temperamental, in my experience. At least, their overly-complex cousins, the ruffler feet, are. I can’t tell you how aggravated my ruffler has made me (and he will NOT pleat to save his life).

    Did you try it on a different fabric? I’d hate it if a difference in fabric taste came between you.

  5. I love my ruffler, I’m just starting to learn how to use it; but it’s been a lot of fun. Tuckers are good for pleats, so I don’t do pleats with the ruffler, though I probably should learn how.

    I wonder if the fabric was lighter than you usually gather, and needed a bit more pressure on the foot. Mine has a knob on top of the machine, and I always have to look up which way to turn it for more or less pressure on the foot. Or perhaps less pressure? I’m not feeling well, mushbrain, that’s me.

    I hope the relationship may yet be saved. 🙂

  6. Hi Elizabeth.- Only wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My best wishes for another year full of happy sewing …!!!

  7. Wishing you & yours Happy Holidays and a Beautiful New Year.

  8. I love this story – I own a gathering foot and ruffler for my Janome but have yet to use it – I’ve downloaded (through your blog) the instructions and may ruffle something soon:)

  9. Adorable jammies!! Read your review on PR and had to check out your blog. One thing that helps me with my gathering foot is to change the width on the stitch to .5 and the length to 3.0. No where in the directions did mine tell me to do that but with a little trial and error that has made HUGE change for me. Make sure the needle is in the middle. I hope that tips helps. Also sort of hold the fabric that the ruffle is being sewn to a little and the ruffles tend to be better.

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