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marlasews55
By: marlasews55
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Smocking
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  1. Smocking

    Hello,

    I just bought a pleater and was wondering if anyone has done smocking with the 11000 Special edition.

    Thanks!

    Marla
    Posted: Jul 10 2011 By: marlasews55
  2. Smocking

    Marla:

    There are many stitches in the decorative category that you can use for smocking,

    MOM
    Posted: Jul 10 2011 By: MOM
  3. Smocking

    I saw them yesterday and figured they could be used for smocking. A book I received with the pleater says to stabilize the back of the pleated material before stitching. Maybe I will try some of those stitches!

    Marla
    Posted: Jul 11 2011 By: marlasews55
  4. Smocking

    I have been trying to do machine smocking as well.. Im hoping someone has some hints, its just not turning out nice!
    Posted: Nov 02 2011 By: sewingbug
  5. Smocking

    Smocking on the 11000 is really a dream, first though you've got to make some changes to your "set" mode. In the normal sewing mode, take off the auto thread cut after lock. Then use stitch number 1, that's the plain straight stitch, make it 5.0 in length and reduce the tension to about 1 or 2. Set up your fabric so that you're stitching across the whole width of the yardage. (this is assuming you're going to make a garment.) Then starting in about 3", stitch across the width of the fabric. FIRST< press the lock stitch, the machine will lock and stop (and not cut), then simply start sewing again until you get to the other end, don't lock and don't cut but pull longish tails. Then go back to the other side and move down a presser foot width and repeat until you have enough rows to make your design. Then pull the bobbin thread of all rows at the same time. When they get to the right density, tie the threads off in groups of 3. (there is no worry about pulling the threads totally out of the fabric because you've locked the other end.) I have a pleater and never ever use it since I discovered this easier method because even when you use the pleater, you still have to fiddle around with the evenness of the pleats. Then you can put fusi-knit interfacing on the back to stabilize it. If you stitch your decorative stitches over the threads you use for gathering you don't even hav to remove them. If you need to make a certain size of gathered area, take a width of fabric and mark it(say 20") and then stitch some test rows and gather it to see how much it "shrinks". The stitches on the 11000 are fabulous for this (and even the 7700, 6600 and below!)
    Posted: Nov 02 2011 By: jsm1144
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    jsm- this is how Ive done smocking, also as I don't own a pleater. I also used this method for some embridery smocking patterns & it also turned out nice. Knowing you have a pleater & don't use it maybe I won't be wishing so hard to find a cheap one somewhere. gggg
    Posted: Dec 05 2011 By: pandasew
  7. Smocking

    Originally posted by: jsm1144

    Smocking on the 11000 is really a dream, first though you've got to make some changes to your "set" mode. In the normal sewing mode, take off the auto thread cut after lock. Then use stitch number 1, that's the plain straight stitch, make it 5.0 in length and reduce the tension to about 1 or 2. Set up your fabric so that you're stitching across the whole width of the yardage. (this is assuming you're going to make a garment.) Then starting in about 3", stitch across the width of the fabric. FIRST< press the lock stitch, the machine will lock and stop (and not cut), then simply start sewing again until you get to the other end, don't lock and don't cut but pull longish tails. Then go back to the other side and move down a presser foot width and repeat until you have enough rows to make your design. Then pull the bobbin thread of all rows at the same time. When they get to the right density, tie the threads off in groups of 3. (there is no worry about pulling the threads totally out of the fabric because you've locked the other end.) I have a pleater and never ever use it since I discovered this easier method because even when you use the pleater, you still have to fiddle around with the evenness of the pleats. Then you can put fusi-knit interfacing on the back to stabilize it. If you stitch your decorative stitches over the threads you use for gathering you don't even hav to remove them. If you need to make a certain size of gathered area, take a width of fabric and mark it(say 20") and then stitch some test rows and gather it to see how much it "shrinks". The stitches on the 11000 are fabulous for this (and even the 7700, 6600 and below!)/div>
    Thanks you for the post.
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    Posted: Mar 28 2012 By: Isabella8688
  8. Smocking

    I am going to try this method soon! I have a new grand daughter and can't wait to try it.
    Posted: Feb 21 2013 By: gegegayle
  9. Smocking

    How can I smock dresses on the 12000 - do I need to purchase a special foot for the 12000. Thanks in advance!
    Posted: Feb 23 2014 By: quiltistcb
  10. Smocking

    Hello. I'm quite new to using my MC12000 and fancied trying to do smocking. I sewed several parallel lines of basting, fastened all of the ends on one side together, then pulled up the threads until the required amount of gather was achieved and then tied the long ends of the pulled threads together. This produced a lovely fullness of gathers which I then stitched across using some of the fancy stitches available. I just used a scrap of spare material and went for it, just to see which stitches worked best. I didn't have a project in mind at the time but the result was excellent. Do have a try. I believe that there are videos on the internet which may help. It's a while ago now and I forget which sites I looked at but the information is out there. Happy sewing!
    Posted: Feb 23 2014 By: Handyquilter
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