Shirring (with elastic thread)

This is a new technique to me and I just got up the nerve to try it last week.  I used a mystery remnant from wal-mart since I didn’t want to waste any of the good fabric!  The remnant was the perfect size to make a top for a friends daughter.  It took a lot of fiddling with my machine and ripping out a few rows of stitching but I finally got the settings right.  It is really fun to do once you get it right!  I would show you a picture, but in my excitement to give it away, I forgot to take one.  I am planning some more though so I’ll get some pictures eventually….

I found that on my machine I had to turn the tension up to about 7 or 8 to get the right amount of stretch.  I started with it low and it would barely stretch and the fabric slid around on the elastic. 

Here are some helpful hints for shirring:

Shir Madness Tutorial (portabello pixie)

Sunny Day Top or Dress Tutorial (house on hill road)

Shirred Dress Tutorial (kuky ideas)


Twin (double) Needles

Using your double needles-Get Creative

How to use twin needles-Sewing mamas forum

Machine needle know how-Threads

Twin Needles-Timmel Fabrics


Quick tips for successful serging-Sew News

Sewing With Serger Basics-Utah State University Extension

Serger rolled hem tips (sew inspired)


Lapped Zippers (Threads)

Mastering Zippers (Sew News)

Perfect Bound Zippers (Paragon Patterns)

Ruffles and Gathering

ruffles (

2 gathering methods

Gathering How-To (burdastyle)

Sewing Instructions/Techniques

Measurement Conversions Calculator

Rolled Hemmer Foot

Threads-Sewing Knits

Machine Needle Know-How (taunton)


Sewing Guidelines-Home Sewing Association
Husqvarna-Sewing Room-Techniques
Sew News-Tips and Techniques
Mama Fitzz-Linda’s Sewing Pages-How To’s
Threads Video Tips

Narrow Machine Hem (HGTV sewing)

In-Seam Pockets (burdastyle)

Duct Tape Dress Form
Duct Tape Double


**Tips for Machine Applique (Creative Needle Mag. Online)

Applique Basics (WWQP)

Applique Tips (Stitch Em Up)

Sewing Machine Applique (NMSU)

Machine Applique Tips

Which way to machine applique?

Basic Machine Applique (cookie pants)

How to applique (my happy crazy life)


Applique Patterns (Quiltmaker)

Applique Block Patterns (Block Crazy)