Sewing Machine Presser Feet - The Ruffler Foot

Welcome to Part 7! Today we will take a look at the Ruffler Foot. This specialty foot enables you to create the simple gathering and pleating of fabrics all in one motion. Thanks to its variable setting options, both pleat depth and frequency of gather can be varied. This means that Ruffler Foot can set a pleat with every single stitch, every 6th stitch, or every 12th stitch, as you choose. There’s also the option of sewing without pleating, without replacing the presser foot.

I'll be demonstrating on both a Bernina 330 machine using foot #86. You can find a ruffler foot for a variety of machine types. Check the links below or do a quick search on sites like Amazon to see what's available.

Are you ready to dive in and see how this little foot is used? Let's go...

Follow along in the tutorial video posted below as I walk you through installation, use, and application.


Ruffler Foot Video:




Patterns Shown In The Video or Would work well with this foot:


    Week One task:

    • Practice, practice, practice! If you haven't used one of these feet yet, I encourage you to pick one up and try it. It may take some trial and error to get the feel for how to thread the fabric onto the foot, but don't give up!
    • Jump over the SWC Facebook Group for conversation and project sharing. Show us how you used pintucks in your design. Or share tips for creating perfect pintucks with the group!

    Resource List:

    • Generic Low Shank Feet - Use coupon code PF10 to get 10% off orders at Home Sew!
    • Authentic Brand Presser Feet - Quality Sewing offers a large variety of brand specific presser feet as well as other sewing machine parts! Visit their website or call their very friendly and helpful customer service! This is the store that I visit regularly, in person. They're the largest chain of sewing machine stores in Washington state and they're eager to help you find what you need! They are an authorized dealer for Bernina, Brother, Juki, Pfaff, and Viking brands.
    • Check Amazon - they have a variety of supplies too!


    Next Tuesday - Sewing Machine Presser Feet Recap and Q&A...

    1 Comment

    Mary Helen
    Mary Helen

    August 22, 2018

    Great video. Thanks for taking the time to produce this. I often use this to pleat ribbon that will be used as trim. Fun to play with this “old timey” attachment. My granddaughter wears some garments made by her great, great grandmother that used this foot to pleat the sleeve caps. Fun through the ages!

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