Added May 28, 2011
Also for my niece’s birthday, I made a couple of shirred dresses for her. I was talking to her mom and apparently she had outgrown all her dresses- yea for me! This is actually shirred dress #2 and 3. My first one was for my little girl, but I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of it yet. The elastic thread thing was a little of trial and error… ok, actually a lot of trial and error. I used the Martha Stewart tutorial from a few months back, and even then I had to trouble shoot a lot. I don’t have the disappearing marker and special ruler, so I tried chalk and a regular ruler, which didn’t work. I realized that I could just eye ball with the side plate and the presser foot. I also found that for my machine (a 40 year old Singer), I had to loosen the bobbin tension just less than a quarter turn, and increase the needle thread tension. Otherwise the elastic had too much tension and the thread was all loopy underneith. Frustrating when I do it, but I am already thinking of making a shirred top for me.
I also used Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus Hand Quilting thread. The old spool I had (and used up- I had to buy another for dress #2) said it was “extra strong”. The second spool didn’t mention strenght, but held up to the job with minimal breakage. Without it, my thread kept breaking.
quilting cotton, elastic thread, extra strong thread
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