A lady in the sewing shop told me that shirring was difficult and that beginners really shouldn’t do it because even after all that “experience”, she never managed to get it right.
Well bugger you lady, I did it and I’m going to tell you how.
Before you begin, you’ll need some shirring elastic. I bought mine at spotlight:
Step 1 Hand wind or slowly machine wind your bobbin with the shirring elastic. The idea here is that you don’t want tension, you want to wind it without slack/stretch. Your top thread will be normal cotton.
Step 2 Set your machine to a straight stitch with a decent stitch length. Your tension should be about a 4-5 but test a row with your material and adjust as necessary.Step 3 Once you have the right settings, begin sewing your first straight line ensuring that you pull the fabric straight as you go with each row:
Step 4 Keep sewing lines.
This task is incredibly repetitive and you won’t actually feel like you are getting anywhere but it will be worth it in the end, I promise!
Step 5 Use a steam iron or the steam from a boiling kettle to shrink your shirring. Hold it over the shirring (don’t touch the iron to it) and watch it magically shrink the elastic!
That’s it! Bask in the glory of your shirring!
I made a cute dress for my baby shower 😁💛