How many times have you putting off trying something because you feared it would be difficult, only to find how easy it was when you gave it go?
That's how I found shirring. I had read many tutorials on blogs and assumed it was really quite hard when it was quite the opposite. So here are a few pointers to make it easy for you.
- Wind the elastic thread onto the bobbin by hand - with no tension. Use a normal thread to match your fabric for the top.
- Remember that you will not get the milage out of your bobbin as if it were filled with thread. It will need to be checked after every couple of rows because you don't want to run out mid way through a seam.
- I used a walking foot mainly because it's what I sew with for most things but using a normal machine foot should be fine.
- The lighter the fabric weight the easier and better the result. I tried to shirr a fold at the top and it didn't really work. Best to make a small hem first before shirring and you can make it into an elastic casing at the end.
- If using a cotton fabric, keep the fabric tight while sewing, but I did find the opposite for Jersey/Knit fabrics. I received a better result by letting the machine feed it through without stretching it. You also have better control over the fabric this way.
- If you get the very first seam straight then you can use it as your guide for the next seam and so on.
- Sew on the top of your fabric with a normal straight stitch. Back sew the start and finish just as you would with any other sewing project.