~JOHNSON RUFFLER MACHINE~
For many years I've received emails about RUFFLING FABRIC and today I'm going to TRY and show you how I get the ruffles on some of the things I make to come out looking consistent.
~GATHERING FEED DOG~
I've tried to take some good pictures for you but because my RUFFLER MACHINE is in a closet it was hard to get the lighting right! At least this will give you all a good idea of what I use in case you want to try and hunt down one for yourself!
~FEED DOG FRONT VIEW~
My RUFFLER is a JOHNSON RUFFLER I purchased mine about eight years ago (I think!) and I've loved it ever since! I first saw one just like in a local sewing shoppe but they wanted $675 for it and I couldn't swing that much money at the time.
~RUFFLING PINK COTTON~
(Feeding Fabric Thru)
My Mr. AGPMan found a brand new one on-line from the original manufacturer for what I remember to be about $250 plus $50 shipping...
Now...before finding this machine I gathered ruffles using an attachment. It was an old vintage beauty I just loved and I nearly wore it out! The "teeth" were sharped on it many times until one day it just disappeared. I honestly believe I tossed it out by mistake with a bunch of scrap fabrics! :( I bought a new one sometime later but it never did work as well as the antique singer I lost!
The old gentleman my hubby spoke to regarding purchasing the JOHNSON RUFFLER (JR) designed the machine years ago and he told him then he only had a couple left in stock. He said he was getting old and was retiring from the biz.
You can still find the
JR in shoppes and online and the prices vary from about $295-$600 so your really need to look around if you are serious about buying one! Unless someone has picked up the manufacturing of them then the stock will be limited to what was produced int he past!
~PINK ROSE COTTON~
Generally I ruffle two layers at a time. Most all the pillows I make have two thicknesses. I cut strips of fabric, sew the raw ends together, press seams open, press strips in half (lengthwise) and then feed them through the RUFFLER at about a 2 1/2 times to 1 ratio.
The Sachet Pillow you see above includes the pink ruffle you see in the photos.
This one was made using the pink rose cotton above only into double layers!
I looked on eBay for you and at this time there aren't any Johnson Rufflers being offered. Here is one that sold in August for $162.50. Keep looking because they do show up from time to time! There are a couple of other vintage ruffler machines listed tho so you might want to do a search on them if you feel desperate! (Buying old machinery personally makes me NERVOUS!)
And there you have it! Don't be afraid to jump in and purchase a Ruffler Machine if you do a lot of sewing. Buying one changed my life and saves me hours and hours in my studio!!!
Hope you have an awesome day!
Love to you...