Tuesday, January 08, 2008

~Guess the Gadget~




Any ideas???

EDITED:
HopiQ wins the "prize" for the most detailed answer! *Smiles!*

It is indeed a ruffler, and since she explained it so well, I'll let her do it here:
I have one of these exactly like yours! And I even used it recently. My grandma (who is no longer living) gave me all her sewing machine attachments several years ago. It may even have been when I was in high school. (Time flies!) Many I don't use, but this one does come out from time to time. It is so handy! It is indeed a "Ruffler." It attaches where an ordinary sewing machine foot would attach, but it also needs to engage with the little doo-hickey that tightens your needle into place. The little numbers indicate how often the ruffler will make a tuck (every stitch, every six stitches and so on). You can play with your stitch length as well to change how your ruffle comes out. I use it when I need to make a long ruffle from a strip of fabric to use as trim. It creates evenly spaced tucks and very pretty trim. I've used it on flat lace and strips of hemmed fabric. I have the instruction paper that came with mine. Let me know if this was just for fun or if you actually need to know how to use it!


When I was putting away my Christmas tree, I took a picture of my tree skirt. I made it several years ago, and used the ruffler attachment. It worked marvelously! It not only gathers or tucks the fabric (or in this case, I used organdy ribbon), but it will attach it to a flat piece of fabric as you're stitching!

Here's the tree skirt:


It is a pretty amazing attachment!

9 comments:

Mrs. U said...

It's an insert for a sewing machine?????



His,
Mrs. U

Charity said...

Perhaps a button hole-er?? sp?? :)

Corene said...

I am going to guess a Ruffler Foot

Jennifer said...

My first thought was a can opener then I took a second glance and now I say something from a sewing machine.

cherylharrell (Mrs Harrell) said...

I bet it is a zig zag attachment for a sewing machine. I think either my mom of grandma had one... :)

jennifer said...

That's a ruffler. Handy gadget though it takes some practice to get the hang of it.

Do I sense more aprons in your future?

HopiQ said...

I have one of these exactly like yours! And I even used it recently. My grandma (who is no longer living) gave me all her sewing machine attachments several years ago. It may even have been when I was in high school. (Time flies!) Many I don't use, but this one does come out from time to time. It is so handy! It is indeed a "Ruffler." It attaches where an ordinary sewing machine foot would attach, but it also needs to engage with the little doo-hickey that tightens your needle into place. The little numbers indicate how often the ruffler will make a tuck (every stitch, every six stitches and so on). You can play with your stitch length as well to change how your ruffle comes out. I use it when I need to make a long ruffle from a strip of fabric to use as trim. It creates evenly spaced tucks and very pretty trim. I've used it on flat lace and strips of hemmed fabric. I have the instruction paper that came with mine. Let me know if this was just for fun or if you actually need to know how to use it!

melissa said...

Didn't Corene answer correctly first?

Heather K said...

that is the neatest little gadget! It would have some in handy when my older girls were little and I actually sewed! Your tree skirt looks so pretty!