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Decorative ruching on light weight knits

Dorothy | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Does anyone have a good (easy) method for ruching a light weight knit fabric?  Threads had a one-page how-to on piping seams with decorative fleece, which inspired me to use long crosswise pieces of fabric for decorative trim.  But, my problem is that the knit I want to use in a decorative fashion won’t curl up enough to be used as piping.  So, my next idea is ruching. 

This is for a color blocked pullover with remants from three different light weight knits.   The collar is a wide funnel neck that I had to piece out of two of the fabrics.  I want to use the third fabric as decorative trim when I hem the funnel neck. 

Anyone out there with ideas?  Or should I just go to my sewing room and play?

Thanks, all!



  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I would serge it with the differential feed at the highest number, like gathering if you have a serger.  It works great with knits.  You can even piece it or do insertion this way.  Also if you want curled looking seams, you just stretch the knit as you serge.  Hope this helps. 

    1. Dorothy | | #2

      Thanks, Mary!  I'll give these a try.  The knit didn't curl when I pulled a crosswise piece--but stretching it out on the serger just might work.

      Best, Dorothy

      PS  where in Colorado are you?  I live near Longmont; and work in the Boulder area.  If you're nearby, it would be fun to meet and talk sewing!

      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        Did you get my message?  I tried "email" instead of post to forum.   Mary

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