I followed the posted link, which only lead to the blog and then I had to start digging to find the specific post (again...a pain). I found it, reposted the correct link and saved it to my smocking board. Pleating the fabric is my least favorite part of smocking, mostly because of needle breakage. And the goofy needles cost $1.25 each, which in itself is not much, but for a toddler and above size dress you use 10-12 needles. When one or two break, you are getting into some cash.
I like to cut out and pleat several dresses in the same day, just to get the pleating over with ~ then I can block the dresses and smock. On Monday, I had 4 dresses to pleat. The first 3 were a charm...no broken needles. Then #4 ~ I was on the very last section and the needle busted, I couldn't get the hint to work. I knew it had to be operator error (ME) since the tip came from a smocker that is published in magazines and knows what she is doing. I ended up pulling out all the threads (10), ironing the fabric, replacing the needle and starting over. And it happened again. This time I turned on my trusty Kindle, READ the complete directions and got to work ~ and it worked!!!!! Reading the directions & following them do come in handy!
Here is the link and then some pictures I took of the process ~
Many, many, many thanks to Janet Gilbert for publishing this "will make my life easier" tip. And to whoever posted it on pinterest from Janets blog.
|See the hump? That's the busted needle ~ this one busted and broken into 2 pieces.|
|You have to carefully work the needle out of the pleats ~ all the pieces of the offending needle|
|that leaves an empty spot in the pleats ~ this is where I messed up the first time, I didn't pull all the pleats off the needles to rethread|
|then you rethread the needle, stick it in the pleater, replace the roller bar, PRAY, and continue|
|Here is the padded board to block the dress on. The inside circle markings are the necksizes for whatever size dress you are making. I did 2 newborn & 2 size 5.|
|This part is kind of tedious but well worth the effort ~ this is one of the newborn dresses.|
I love the mini rosebuds on this soft pink fabric.
|The pinning is complete and tied off.|
|Now its ready for a spray of starch & after that dries, I can block & spray the others.|
By yesterday afternoon, I had 3 of them done ~ after the 4th, I can get to smocking ~ the fun part!
This little darling' didn't want to smile for anything on Sunday ~ but she loves her Minnie Dress ~
|I guess loosing an hours sleep from the time change messed up her "clock"|
|I love the black bow buttons we found to go on the shoulders!|