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.