Thursday, June 23, 2011

Shirring with a Brother Sewing Machine

I have screwed up so many projects because I could not figure out how to shirr with my Brother machine. Finally I gave up....and then I found this life saving youtube video:
Basically what happens is you tighten the screw on your bobbin case, adjust your stitch to the longest length (should be 5), and change your tension to the highest it can go (mine is 9). So simple, why didn't I think of that.
One other thing I have found helpful is good quality elastic thread. I use Gutermann that you can find at JoAnns, etc. My machine did not like the cheapo version.

Practice, practice, practice! Every sewing machine is different so don't give up!

Here are a few more links with great tips on shirring:

Ruffles and Stuff: Shirring

Love Affair with my Brother

Prudent Baby

Pink Fig
Hope that helps! If you have questions please feel free to drop me an email.
Thanks for stopping by and making me a part of your day!


  1. Shirring is such a pain anyway that I've never even tried it! Plus, I'm to scared to adjust my bobbin do you get it just right? Oh well! I guess I'll just have to do pin tucks instead on my cool "new" Singer with its special foot! :P

  2. Lol, I keep buying elastic thread and cute fabrics, but I've not gotten the nerve to actually shirr anything yet! I'll check out the video and see if it inspires me any!
    Since you sew, I thought you might be interested in the Retro Pillow Challenge. I'm on my nook, so I cant paste in a link, but there is a big bright button for it on the top of my sidebar.
    Thanks for stopping by today,
    Rikka J.

  3. Thanks for the tip! How do I know what to set the bobbin tension back to after I finish with the elastic thread?

    1. This can be a bit tricky, I just keep track of how many times I turn the screw. Hope that helps :)


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