Steps to Shirring with Elastic Thread

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

You like shirring technique but you not tried shirring yet do it yourself? Many of us especially beginners are terrified to sew with elastic thread. In fact shirring for beginner is no walk in the park. But using my tutorial having a plurality of tips and high-quality and detailed photos you can do the assembly on the first try.

Shirring is a great technique for decoration skirts around waist, shirts hems and even entire bodices! In this tutorial you learn how to sew with elastic thread.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

You need know that for sewing with elastic thread is best suited the light cotton fabrics. The heavy weights fabrics like wool won't shirr at all.

For shirring you need use two different kinds of threads.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Now start shirring. First you need insert thread the needle with usual thin thread.
For the winding a bobbin you need use a thick elastic thread.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Note: When you are make shirring you must wind the elastic thread on the bobbin only manually without using of sewing machine's bobbin winder.
Don't pull tightly the elastic thread, wind the bobbin carefully and easily without tension of thread's turns.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Cut this end a thread as close as possible to the surface a side of bobbin.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Now it's time prepare a sewing machine to sew with elastic thread. Place the bobbin into the bobbin case or just into the machine if you have a top-loading bobbin (horizontal rotary hook).

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

After placing the bobbin in the bobbin case pull the thread through the plate and check its tension. If the thread would normally go through do not do anything. If the thread would go through very hard you can loosen it. Turn the screw half a turn to the left.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Only after this adjustment, the sewing machine will be sew an elastic thread normal.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Now place the bobbin case (or bobbin) in hook device a sewing machine.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

You are remembering that in the top of your machine you'll be using regular thread. In my tutorial I use contrasting color thread. You need to choose the color of both threads like color of fabric.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

I'm going to use most long stitches. Set the stitch length regulator at the position having maximum value.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

For shirring with elastic thread you need use the universal presser foot and select usual mode working a sewing machine (straight stitch).

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Now set the stitch selector to position straight stitch.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Now put the presser foot down and turn the flywheel around. Pull the needle thread and lift up the elastic thread from the slit a needle plate.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Pull the both threads under the presser foot that will be prevent the ingress long ends of the thread into the stitches during making shirring.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

If you are beginner and you want get good result I recommend first try sew shirring on a scrap of fabric. After it you can sew with elastic thread on your skirt or dress and any garment.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Look at wrong side your test fabric. May be is needed to loosen the tension a top thread or tighten. In my example the tensions of the needle thread and bobbin thread are normal.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

I turned my tension dial up to 4 but your sewing machine can have another values. The top thread tension varies depending on tension of bottom elastic thread.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Now it's time start sewing the shirring with elastic thread along or across your fabric.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

On this photo you can see the way how you need to sew many rows with elastic thread without cutting the thread on the end a stitch line.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

It's a good idea to turn and do 3-4 stitches along the edge of the fabric. Now you can start sewing backwards.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

The next row of shirring with elastic thread you need make the same way.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

First and second rows of shirring should seem very loose, but wait a bit. At the end of shirring all rows will work together very tough.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

So looks the face side of shirring.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

This is wrong side of shirring with elastic thread.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

Tie every pair long ends of threads together.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

The shirring with elastic thread can be used for decoration the sleeves of shirts or dresses.

Tutorial: shirring with elastic thread

The shirring can be used for sewing garments for your dolls.

Once you have sewn all rows of shirring you can use an iron. Not press it strong, better hold your iron very lightly over shirred stitches using a steam only.

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