I am not at all new to sewing, I’m trying elastic shirring and it’s not working. I’d like to make a lined chiffon skirt with a shirred waist. I experimented with shirring on fabric (The fabric I was working with was thick cotton, it was all I could find, and I was sewing through two layers of it, because I’d be sewing through multiple layers on my skirt) and the fabric didn’t even pucker. I’ve looked up basically every shirring instruction online on this site and elsewhere, and the shirring instructions that came with the package of elastic thread and I can’t find anything wrong with what I’m doing. I sewed 5 lines, full tension and full stitch length.
The one thing is my sewing maching (Janome memory craft 5000) doesn’t have a very long maximum stitch length, which could be the problem, but I don’t see why that would revent the shirring from working at all.
Another issue I was having was that the machine got jammed pretty frequently while I was working with the elastic thread and it never gets jammed usually. After I adjusted the tension this was a bit better but not perfect..
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Your coat is beautiful. I love your sense of colour!