Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads


dreamsewer | Posted in General Sewing Info on

It seems that shirring is very popular these days. I have read several tutorials and still have a question. When you use the elastic in your bobbin do you simply place the bobbin in the bobbin compartment or do you place it and pull the elastic thread through bobbin thread guides? Hope someone can help.


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I bought a specialty bobbin case that I adjust, but don't do that with your preset regular bobbin, it's too hard to perfect it back to factory settings.   Try bypassing the bobbin tension instead. 

    Another possibility would be to couch the elastic thread

    You could make a tube of fabric for elastic or cording to go through

    If you have a serger, you can put the elastic thread in the loopers and decrease the tensions too.

    good luck on your shirring project!  Mary

  2. Palady | | #2

    MO, the better to zz over elastic to accomplish shiring.  Caveat of course is aligning the multiple rows of stitching.  Doable with much practice.


    1. sewelegant | | #3

      "MO, the better to zz over elastic to accomplish shiring"

      OK, I give up.  Is this some kind of "twitter" language?

      1. User avater
        ThreadKoe | | #6

        Translation:My Opinion, the better to zig zag over elastic to accomplish shirring.Is this better my friend? tee hee, sometimes I have a hard time understanding the shorthand too, and get my DD to translate for me, Cathy

        1. sewelegant | | #7

          I would NEVER have thought of My Opinion!  I don't know why.  I certainly have plenty of them.  Thanks.

          1. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #8

            IMHO took me the longest time to figure out (In My Honest Opinion) since texting has taken over, there are sooo many shorthands to figure out, and since DD3 has my cell, I have not learned to text much. I am learning, slowly, he he he Welcome to the New World, Cathy

          2. sewelegant | | #9

            I am not a phone person, never have been and probably never will be, but we do have a cell phone.  It stays in the car in case it's needed and God forbid the thing should ring!!!  I hate walking along and thinking someone is talking to me and they are on their phone.  The grocery store is the worst.  All that aside, I wish these had been around when I was a mother with teens, what a great tool!

          3. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #10

            tee hee hee, I am not a phone person either. I much rather "chat" online when I have the time. First thing I got on my cell was call display, so I could screen my calls. If it was inconvenient to answer, I call back later. No piece of technology is going to be more important than a person for me! Cathy

          4. Teaf5 | | #13

            I've also seen IMHO translated as "in my humble opinion," which it rarely seems to be...

          5. User avater
            ThreadKoe | | #14

            tee hee hee, that is why my translation was honest. Take your pick either way as suits the moment I guess. I am such a newbie at most of the short hand things, I often have to guess at what they mean. Or call my more learned daughters. I prefer good old fashioned english, easier to understand for the most part, but sometimes even that can be mistaken the wrong way, OOPS. Cathy :)

      2. Palady | | #12

        >> ... "twitter" language? <<

        The delay in my getting back is because I've been off-line isnce April 10.

        ZZ = zig-zag.  I find setting the stitch and sewing slowly to have them form on each side of the elastic and then adjusting same works for me to shirr elastic.



  3. Betakin | | #4

    I do all of my shirring by serger including over elastic and it is so much faster than doing it by machine.

    1. MaryinColorado | | #5

      I agree and Serger shirring also seems to be more sturdy to me. 

  4. User avater
    Deana | | #11

    Hi dreamsewer,

    We've got an article in an upcoming issue on shirring, ruching and ruffling techniques. Look for it in our August/September issue.


This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All