FOCUS ON HOW TO USE THE RUFFLER ATTACHMENT

As promised, today we will focus on HOW TO USE THE JANOME RUFFLER ATTACHMENT. Please refer to the links below for further pics and information about the featured ruffle attachments.

  1. THE JANOME ULTIMATE (or universal) ruffler will fit onto most of our machines whether the machine is a high shank or low shank model. The reason is because this ruffler will click onto the ankle so it does not matter whether it is HS or LS.  Part # 943100000. It comes in a little pink box.
  2. If you have the JANOME MC6600P OR JANOME HORIZON 7700, you will need the ACUFEED ruffler Part # 846415008. 
  3. If you have a JANOME sewing machine which has 9mm stitches (MC12000; MC8900, MC8200), then you will need the ruffler for 9mm machines Part # 202095004.  

Notice the part with 4 slots for selecting the type of gathers/tucks/pleats required (top pic)

The black knob/screw in the bottom pic is for adjusting the depth of the gather or tuck taken into the fabric. We suggest you “play” with these settings until you are familiar with how it works and gives you the result you are requiring.

Most rufflers are pretty similar in how they work so if you already have a generic ruffle attachment, please check with your dealer to establish if it might work with your machine.

  • Here is a pic of the ruffling or gathering of fabric when it is gathered at every stitch – very full gathers result.  The amount of ruffle length required is approx. 4-5 times the finished length. We have ended off the raw edge of the gather with a serger rolled hem  to show one type of  edge finish that can be done when you make ruffles.

    RUFFLER SET TO GATHER AT EVERY STITCH

    RUFFLER SET TO GATHER AT EVERY STITCH

  • This pic shows tucks made with the ruffle when the #6 is selected – in other words, a tuck is taken at every 6th stitch that is sewn.  Adjustments can be made for a tiny little tuck or for a much deeper tuck – use the black knob.  This tuck requires about twice the length of fabric to ruffle. This ruffle raw edge was finished off with a 4mm rolled hem made with the 4mm Narrow hem foot for Janome sewing machines 9available for 7mm & 9mm sewing machines)

    RUFFLER SET TO GATHER OR TUCK AT EVERY 6TH STITCH

    RUFFLER SET TO GATHER OR TUCK AT EVERY 6TH STITCH

  • This pic shows a pleat when the ruffle selection is #12 – a pleat or tauck is taken at every 12th stitch. Obviously only a small amount of extra fabric length is required so work on approx. 1.25 x the required length to ruffle. The edge finish is a 6mm rolled hem made with the 6mm Narrow Hemmer foot (available for 7mm & 9mm sewing machines)

    RUFFLER SET TO GATHER OR TUCK AT EVERY 12TH STITCH

    RUFFLER SET TO GATHER OR TUCK AT EVERY 12TH STITCH

  • Another way to use the Ruffler attachment is to gather the ruffle at the same time as sewing it to a flat piece of fabric …..such as a waist band or edge of a table cloth, bed skirt, dress, etc. In this case, select, 1,6 or 12 and feed that into the ruffle in the usual way. In addition, you will have your waistband or fabric edge that is flat & neatened along the edge. lay this UNDER the ruffle attachment right on the bed of the sewing machine. Now ruffle along and you will find your do 2 steps in one! See pic below.
    double ruffle with folded fabric so no raw edge to finish  -  a great way to deal with fabrics like satin which fray easily.

    double ruffle with folded fabric so no raw edge to finish – a great way to deal with fabrics like satin which fray easily.

    Many thanks to Linda & Debbie who put together a GREAT powerpoint presentation last year on the Ruffler. Much of this blog post was lifted from that powerpoint and samples in pic’s were made by Linda. So credit must go where credit is due! Thanks, ladies!

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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18 Responses to FOCUS ON HOW TO USE THE RUFFLER ATTACHMENT

  1. I have a MC 15000 and the ultimate ruffler foot (943-100-000) will it be bad to use these two together?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi
      I don’t believe you can use the Ultimate ruffle on the MC15000 as it wont clip onto the ankle (ankle too big? ruffle too small?). The Ultimate Ruffler was made for 7mm wide models and the MC15000 is a 9mm wide model. The Part # for 9mm rufflers is 202095004.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Yvonne says:

    I have a n 8900 and my needle keeps slipping out when I use this attachment. I am using the attachment for the 9mm. Just got it today. It sews a few gathers, then needle comes out. I have tried another needle and same thing happens.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Yvonne,

      Please check with your dealer that you in fact have the correct attachment for your machine. I doubt this is the issue but it is good to check.
      I would suggest tightening the needle clamp screw with a little screwdriver. The action of the ruffle might be knocking this screw a little so tighten & you should be fine.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA.

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  3. Janet says:

    Why does it keep breaking my needle. I have my machine set at a straight stitch I tried the 3.5 position and broke a needle then I moved the needle position to accommodate the hole in the foot and still broke the needle…what is up???

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Janet,

      Please could you check with your local Janome dealer that you have the correct ruffles attachment for your machine. Also check that you have it attached to the machine correctly.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  4. Dani says:

    I have been sold a Janome Ruffler for Acufeed Models (PN 846415008) but have been told that it will fit my Memory Craft 6500 even though it doesn’t have the acufeed system. The foot doesn’t seem secure on the machine (rocks side to side), and the needle comes down very close to the edge of the needle hole, rather than in the middle. I am concerned that I might get a broken needle (and therefore the danger of flying metal) when I try to use this foot. Have I been advised correctly?

    Thanks
    Dani

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Dani
      Your MC6500P is a low shank machine so either you can buy a LOW shank ruffler attachment which will screw onto the machine like a walking foot. Or you could buy the Ultimate ruffler which clips onto the foot holder like a regular foot so would work with your machine too.
      The Acufeed ruffler is for MC 6600P and 7700 ONLY.
      Hope that helps you.
      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  5. Michelle says:

    Hi! I have a Janome 9900. I bought the ultimate ruffled foot and when I got home realized it won’t fit. Has anyone else had this problem?
    Thanks, Michelle

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Please refer to this blog post: FOCUS ON HOW TO USE THE RUFFLER ATTACHMENT. Your Mc9900 is a 9mm machine so the ruffler you need to use is the one specifically for 9mm machines: 3.If you have a JANOME sewing machine which has 9mm stitches (MC12000; MC8900, MC8200), then you will need the ruffler for 9mm machines Part # 202095004.

        You will need to explain to your dealer that the ruffler they sold you was for 7mm machines and is not compatible with the 9mm model: Mc9900. I am sure they will exchange it for the correct one.

        Liz
        JANOME CANADA.

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  7. Edwina says:

    I have the MC8900 it is my birthday and hubby went with the right part number to out Janome shop and thy sold him the universal ruffler saying it will fit ANY janome…. I don’t want to mess up a $3,000 machine if I cant use it…and it clearly says on here I cant…. what should I do?????

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Edwina,

      Well, yes, it IS called a Universal Ruffler and it is that in the sense that it CLIPS onto the foot holder of the machine so it does not matter whether your machine is high or low shank. HOWEVER, this ruffle has been around for years, long before we started making 9mm wide machines like your MC8900. So, yes, the Universal ruffler may attach OK to your machine but the opening in the foot is smaller than your 9mm opening in your needle plate. This is not such a grand issue if you intend to sew only straight stitch on the ruffler and are very careful to check the needle clears the ruffler properly before you “put foot” and sew! But you would 100% definitely not be able to ever do a 9mm wide stitch for obvious reasons. I have not tried this ruffler on the MC8900 (why would I when there is one specifically for 9mm?!) but you probably would not mess up the machine other than possibly a breaking needle and/or dinging a needle plate which is a scary thing although lasting damage is unlikely.
      There may well be some other reason that it might not fit exactly but as I have not tried it, I cannot say.

      For peace of mind, and seeing as you initially asked for the correct Part #, I would take it back and ask them to order you Part# 202095004. Honest, I do not believe Janome would have made a ruffler especially for 9mm machines if there was not a good reason for it.

      Hope that helps.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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    • Terrie Townsend says:

      That universal ruffler is a 7mm and will not fit on the the 8900 foot holder.

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  8. I need help with this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked Santa and got the ruffler attachement last Christmas for my Janome QDC 2030. I have yet to get it going. I have watched the youtube video. I get it attached and moving the needle up and down by hand a few times,… it makes it through the hole. When i press “Start” the need hits steel within an 1″ of sewing and breaks. I have gone through several pkgs of needles and fiddling.

    This was supposed to be easy and fun. Can you make any suggestions. What am i doing wrong?

    Thanks so much

    Carolyn

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    • LindaP says:

      Hi Carolyn….What a nice present for Santa to bring you! You’ll have to make something ruffley and leave it for him next Christmas! When testing the position of the needle going down into the ruffler, make sure the presser foot is down, as it shifts slightly when you lower the presser foot. The ruffler can be adjusted left or right, forward or backward, to line the opening up for the needle. Make sure those screws are tight, including the one holding the foot holder and the needle. The movement of the ruffler can loosen the needle screw causing the needle to fall out. The weight of your fabric makes a difference as well. If using a medium weight cotton, make sure the amount of fabric that is being ‘pushed’ under is not too much that can cause it to jam.

      Turn the handwheel as you have done, turning enough times to make sure the mechanism is pushing the fabric forward as it should and you see ruffles or pleats forming. Set the speed of your machine slow to medium and press Start.

      Happy ruffling!

      Linda P.

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