Source for a pleater in Canada?
I’d like to look at buying a pleater to do some smocking but haven’t been able to find any in my area. I went to several sewing and craft stores as well as repair shops but no luck. I can’t even get an idea of where to get one or a rough idea of price???
Does anyone know of a source in Canada?
A Great Notion Sewing Supply Ltd. in Surrey & Abbotsford BC have a pleater board in their spring/summer 2007 catalogue. It's called Pleat 'N Go Pleater Board Kit for $27.99 - it makes 1/2" pleats every 1/4", for use with light & medium weight fabrics, ribbons & laces. Their phone number is 1-800-309-2829 or locally (604) 575-9023 & their website (for ordering or browsing) is http://www.agreatnotion.com. Hope this helps. Oh, it's item #PBK-100.
You could also try ebay canada or local tag and auction sales. Often someones grandmother has had some great equipment, which ends up getting sold off in lots at an auction sale.T.
A smocking pleater and a pleater board are different animals. The smocking pleater holds up to 36 "full space" needles every appx 3/8 inch. These are very odd looking needles. It is mounted on a relatively heavy base. There are four brass rollers with ridges in them that are held in sync, like a cog, by two end pieces. The whole thing comes apart. Needles are threaded and the fabric is rolled on a dowel and put thru the end caps of the pleater. The fabric is then rolled off the dowel and thru the rollers slowly and carefully. The fabric piles up on the needles and is manually moved down the thread to make room for more fabric to pile up on the needles. Not the greatest technical explanation but I think you can get my drift. I have a week of heavy company here but will try to get some pics for you. I am not familiar with Canadian sources other than Grace Knott Smocking. I am not sure they carry pleaters. In this country the Tosca company or Martha Pullen carry pleaters. Mine is called an Amanda Jane and is from Australia and I was able to purchase it thru my machine dealer. Hope this helps. solo
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