Learn how to shirr jersey like I used on my variation of the Lydia pattern!

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    Sep 1, 2010, 10.43 AMby mskelly

    Thank you this looks lovely and often wondered how it was done. I’ll give it a go very soon!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 05.41 PMby monkeyflares

    Oh, I’m so jealous of all you people happilly shirring away! I tried it once, with visions of shirring everything in sight, but couldn’t get the needle to pick up the elastic thread. This has now sent my sewing into turmoil and I now can’t use it, as when I try and sew normally, with normal thread, the thread buches up around the bobbin and on top of the fabric. The only thing I changed when trying to do shirring, was the tension on my bobbin. V frustrating, as I think I may have to pay someone to fix it. Help!!!!

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    Feb 8, 2010, 08.46 PMby cottonsilk

    my question answered, thank you so much!

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    Aug 9, 2009, 07.40 PMby annabilly

    Very, very, very much thanks! I was long looking for a way how this had to do … (I’m simply a beginner). I do think I have to start tomorrow, because I do have the right pattern for it. A thousand thanks.

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    Jun 11, 2009, 03.07 PMby dianne207

    Thank you for this tutorial, but let me say that the easier way to make the shirring on jersey is to use elastic threads as lower thread (in the sewing machine) and use zigzag stitches (2,5-3 cm length, 1 cm width).

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    Oct 8, 2008, 07.56 AMby arnesia

    Thank you—Thank you—Thank you ! I wish you taught in my area. You helped me make my twin girls sooo happy. They love their new Sponge Bob shirt.

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    Sep 17, 2008, 09.41 AMby wen4003

    What a great tutorial. I’ve always wanted to try smocking but thought it would be too difficult, but you’ve made it look so easy. I will definitely be using this technique on a garment that I’m in the process of making now. Thank you.

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    Aug 16, 2008, 10.50 PMby blackcandy

    thanks for the tutorials :) now i can find out how to make it.

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    Jul 29, 2008, 11.32 PMby aliish

    Awesome tutorial. Everything is so easy to follow. Thanks.

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    Jun 5, 2008, 04.19 PMby helenadoll

    Hi, is basting stitch just a wide stitch setting on the machine? Thankyou H

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    May 18, 2008, 04.39 PMby krysia

    thanks! great tutorial!

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    May 8, 2008, 08.58 PMby funkyteal

    I never knew it was this simple. Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to use it next time I’m working with jersey knits.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 07.44 PMby antigone

    Gee whiz, I’ve tried smocking before and after one project I royally gave up on it because I found that it was just too difficult to get the fabric shirred, etc….(imagine a perfectionist who tends to border on monomania handstitching nearly an entire dress front…..) But you just explained it so simply, I think I’ll have to take smocking up again!

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    Mar 24, 2008, 02.54 PMby kikipie

    Just what i was looking for! thank you

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    Mar 19, 2008, 09.30 PMby raspberryswirlgirl

    This is very clear and helpful! I’ve always wondered how to do this. Thanks bunches! (or shirrs? too pun-y? yes) :)

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    Mar 12, 2008, 10.02 AMby TerezaSews

    you explained it so clearly! I can’t wait to try it out myself=D

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    Mar 12, 2008, 08.19 AMby hoopz

    Great job i´m going to try it out tks for the steps they help alot .

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    Mar 7, 2008, 05.43 PMby heyitschristina

    WOW, i really didn’t know it would be this easy! thanks so much for sharing. can’t wait to try it out myself :)!

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    Mar 6, 2008, 11.10 AMby SimplyLula12

    I thought it was going to be difficult to do but you make it seem so easy! I’m going to give it a try! Thanks

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    Mar 4, 2008, 06.44 PMby karencilla

    excellent tutorial

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    Mar 3, 2008, 12.30 PMby sewlikecarolyn

    Thank you so much, great tutorial, I will have to try that out soon!

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    Mar 3, 2008, 12.39 AMby emilykate

    This is great, I had hoped you would share, I really love your valentine dress! Thankyou!

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