The Secrets To Shirring
- Scrap fabric strips- thinner fabric is better for shirring!
- Elastic thread- I bought mine at Joann Fabrics
- Coordinating top thread (you can match this to your fabric)
- Sewing machine
3. I chose to use a wide straight stitch. On the BabyLock Sofia2, there is also an elastic zigzag stitch that I tried and it worked but I liked the look of the straight stitch better. I did not adjust my tension at all.
4. Next, make sure to leave an excess of about 1" of elastic thread to tie off your stitch when you are complete and start sewing from one edge of fabric to the other with right side of fabric facing up. You want the elastic thread to show on the wrong side of the fabric.
5. I spaced my rows about 1/2" apart, using my presser foot as my measuring tool. I lined up the last finished row with the right hand edge of the presser foot to help guide me and keep my rows evenly spaced and straight.
6. Continue to repeat rows until you have the look you want! Just remember to make sure to stretch the fabric out flat while guiding it through the machine. I did this by holding the fabric with my right index finger behind the needle and with my thumb in front of the needle.
Another secret that I have learned about elastic thread is if you use an iron and steam it, it shrinks up a bit. This is a great thing to keep in mind if your shirring doesn't have as much scrunch as you would like. Just steam it! Just be careful not to burn the elastic with the iron. And a hint from my mom...she says skip the iron and just throw it in the wash! The dryer will do the work for you!