Adding ruffles and gathers to the garments you sew with your Juki sewing machine can be lots of fun.

If you're looking for something different but have never heard of it before, ruching is yet one more way to add ruffle-like embellishment to your blouses, skirts, and dresses to really make them stand out.

If you want to dress up the next clothing project you sew with a machine like the Juki HZL-F300, check out ruching, another easy way to make your pieces look like they were factory-made.

What Is Ruching?

Ruching is a ruffling technique used to add decoration to fabric and is usually done to decorate garments but can sometimes be seen on certain home decor, like fancy drapes.

It’s a French word for the ruffles created by folding, gathering, or pleating strips of cloth.

It looks similar to other types of ruffling and gathering you can do with a Juki sewing machine but is done using a few different techniques and usually applied to garments a bit differently.

Ruching produces a beautiful, decorative, 3-dimensional effect that looks great on formal clothing.

How Is Ruching Used?

Ruching is most commonly used on women’s clothing, although there are a few instances where it might show up on men’s clothing as well.

Typically, you’ll see ruching added for extra flair to blouses down the front, the bodice and shoulder of a dress like a wedding gown or formal dress, the sleeves of different garments, and even on skirts to add extra flair.

It is also commonly used to dress up a side seam or waistband on a dress or skirt as well as to make attractive gathers on the hips or midsection.

Ruching is also common on some men’s tuxedo shirts, creating a ruffle down the center or front.

How Is Ruching Done?

Ruching can be done in a few different ways, which is great if you want to learn new techniques to sew with your Juki HZL-F300 and create different looks on all your garments:

  • Gathering by Basting - Similar to plain gathering, this method involves putting in a row or multiple rows of long basting stitches and then pushing the fabric together to gather it to the desired puffiness.
  • Shirring - Shirring is a type of ruching done by putting elastic thread in the bobbin of your Juki sewing machine. The fabric is lightly gathered and stitched with the elastic so it ends up with a slightly ruffled look that has a bit of stretch to it.
  • Pleating and Stitching - Pleating, which involves folding fabric and stitching it so the folds stay in place, is technically another form of ruching and also fairly easy to do.
  • Hand Stitching - Using hand stitching, you can create beautiful ruching with smocking patterns like lattice, basket weave, diamond, and triangular shapes, and more.

Dress Up Garments with Versatile Ruching

Whether you use it to add shapely style to the side seam of a dress or fancy up some plain sleeves by gathering them a bit, there are countless ways you can use the different types of ruching on garments you sew with a Juki HZL-F300.

These and other great sewing and embellishing techniques make working with Juki sewing machines rewarding and fun!

 

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