How to Use Ruffler Foot on a Brother Sewing Machine


Adding a ruffle to your garments, craft projects or home decor items adds a soft, romantic look. Creating ruffles, however, can be time consuming and frustrating, especially if you are doing them by hand with long basting stitches and hours of hand-gathering. You can purchase a special foot for your Brother sewing machine that creates even, perfectly spaced and folded ruffles in minutes rather than hours, making adding ruffles much less of a chore. This foot will attach the ruffle to another fabric as it ruffles, cutting sewing time dramatically.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruffler foot
  • Owner's manual
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Purchase the correct ruffler foot for your Brother model sewing machine. Consult your owner's manual to see if your machine has a high shank or a low shank, and buy the ruffler foot that corresponds to the type of shank you have.

  • Loosen the thumbscrew on the top of the needle bar to remove the standard presser foot. Locate the U-shaped hook on the top moving mechanism of the ruffler foot. Adjust the ruffle foot until the U-shaped hook wraps around loosened thumbscrew. This may take some patience and time to get it to fit properly around the needle bar.

  • Attach the ruffle foot to the shank of the needle bar by pushing the shank up into place. Consult your owner's manual for detailed instruction on installing a foot on your machine's shank. When the foot is secured to the shank, tighten the thumbscrew by turning it away from you.

  • Adjust the ruffle size. There are a series of number located on the top front of the foot; these numbers are usually one, six and 12. These numbers define number of stitches that will occur between each ruffle. For example, if you set the machine to six, the ruffle foot will create a fold every six stitches. A smaller number creates a small, tight ruffle. A larger number creates a larger, more voluminous ruffle. Set the foot to the ruffle size you want.

  • Test your ruffle settings on long pieces of scrap fabric. With your machine properly threaded, place your main fabric underneath the presser foot with the right side up. Place the fabric to be ruffled in the ruffler slot, located above the flat presser foot. Start sewing slowly, keeping the raw edges of both fabrics together as you sew. Your Brother machine will grab the upper fabric at even intervals and attach it to the lower main fabric, creating ruffles. Adjust the settings until you have the size ruffles you want.

  • Ruffle your project. When you are done ruffling, iron the seam flat.

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