I've been making a Victorian Gown. That means lots of ruffley goodness. I have about 150 meters of ribbon I'm using on this project most of which I've been pleating using my sewing machines ruffler foot.
Carefully guiding that much yardage through would drive me insane!
I needed a way to make it easy and fast without needing a lot of concentration.
I needed to automate guiding that ribbon through.
It's so easy and simple and effective I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier.
All I needed was one scrap piece of cardboard cut to size and some stickytape.
I cut a strip of cardboard and bent the ends to fit around the ribbon. Positioned the ribbon where I wanted it to feed through and stuck the cardboard down with tape.
Then I folded the cardboard ends over and taped them down too. Not too tightly just enough to allow the ribbon to slide through easily but low enough that the ruffler won't hit the cardboard during ruffling.
I tried to take a photo I hope you get the idea.
And that's it! My ruffling life has changed forever. I now have hands free Ruffling. I did a bit of unpicking whilst I ruffled a mountain of ribbons. It does help to keep an eye on the ribbon and make sure it feeds in flat.
Have you used a ruffler foot before? What did you make?