|Serger Puffing - YES, you can!|
My tutorial shows how I do puffing strips the easy way!
Step1: Tear fabric to 3" strips (or whatever size you want your puffing strip - starch and press.
Step 2: Set your serger to do a gathering stitch - on my Babylock Evolve, my settings are as follows:
Stitch Selector: A
Needles: 0-1, 0-2
Differential Feed: 2
Serge both long sides of the strip of fabric.
Step 3: There are 2 rows of gathering threads on top that you want to locate
Begin pulling the 2 gathering threads to gather up the puffing strip to the amount of gathering you want
Step 4: Adding Entredeux: Pin entredeux so that the right side of the beading falls within the 2 rows of gathering stitches on the strip. Pin in place
Step 5: Set Sewing Machine to straight stitch and stitch right up close to the beading of the entredeux
Repeat step 5 for other side of strip
Step 5: Trim away raw edges of fabric and entredeux up close to straight stitching
Step 6: Set Sewing Machine to a zig zag stitch W:3, L:1.7 Needle at 5th dot from left
Step 7: Stitch catching ever other hole on the entredeux - the raw edge should roll encasing the straight stitching
Step 8: Press seam away from entredeux
Step 9: I made a slight adjustment in stitch width to 2.5 and kept all the same settings as previously stitched
Step 10: Zig zag catching every other hole - seam on the underside will be caught in this stitching
Step 11: Strip should look like this when completed. (Note: I used white thread with ecru entredeux - you should use the same color thread as the entredeux)
|This is a photo of the underside of the strip|
|This is a photo of the top side of the strip|
|This is a photo of the finished strip ready to be|
added to the garment
I know there are a lot of purists out there and hand-gathering and hand whip-stitching can't ever be replicated by machine. However, if you want to save time, this method is the way to go! Happy Stitching! ...and I hope you find this tutorial helpful!