Ruffler Foot Made Sew Easy It's Hands Free!

If you've ever used a ruffler foot you will know you need to guide your fabric carefully.

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.

How Doing Nothing Helped Declutter

Over the holiday period my old foot injury flared up and I was limping around doing more then I should until my foot and ankle were all swollen up and forced me to keep off my feet for a few days.

But this was a good thing. Why? How could that possibly be a good thing?

How doing nothing helped declutter

Because it helped me purge more high heeled shoes is why. Not all of them mind you, and not a single boot, but 5 pairs of shoes!

shoe box stack

That's right, another 5 pairs of shoes that have been cluttering up my storage area for a lot longer then when I wrote about the previous shoe purge in September last year.

I get a little irrational when it comes to shoes. The hard part about decluttering shoes isn't the physical work of taking them out of the house; the hard part is the decision to get rid of them.

Now I might get a little attached to my shoes but I'm not as attached to shoes as I am to my feet! So not being able to use my feet really helped me mentally discard these.

Well that and the terrible wear on them.

worn to death shoes, grey with high heel and laces

These grey shoes look passable from this side but the toes are terribly scuffed and the heels are a shambles. The vinyl has actually peeled off, they can't just be polished up. 

4 1/2 inch heels with large brass buckle

These are so high I only wore them a few times. But there is actual rust on that buckle now. 

silver and diamonte evening shoes

Ahhh sparkly shoes! That kill your feet with pain across the toes. I wore them once, I've had them so long the elastic is almost not elastic anymore. 

Good bye pretty shoes! And guess what else I found - empty shoe boxes!  I now have 7 shoe boxes worth of extra space on my storage shelf. Do you know how much space 7 shoe boxes takes up? That's enough space for at least one more sewing project right? 

How long do you keep your shoes?


  1. rest up that foot! I can't wear high heels, fall right over lol. but do have a few more flats than I need I am sure!

    1. Oh yeah, I've got a few pairs of flats, some that are probably too far gone now too. Maybe next time :)

  2. Until they wear out ... it's hard to find likeable flats. I don't wear the few heels I have got. Purge time!

    1. That is so sensible. I am not nearly as rational and believe that surely I can breathe new life into shoes.


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