|Attachment Box which belonged to my grandmother...|
|The Ruffler and Foot Hemmer|
|Little Brother and Me (notice the ruffles and smocking)|
It was an amazing little gadget with its bewitching little up and down movement as Mom gathered ruffles, skirts, and sleeves. She used this attachment often, and was extremely skilled in its use. She seemed to know just the right adjustments for achieving the desired fullness, for her gathers always turned out beautifully.
And, it seemed that my little brother also thought the ruffler was an amazing little gadget, for, as it turned out, he had taken Mom's special little attachment outside to his special dirt place where all kinds of construction projects were going on. I don't remember who finally found the missing little ruffler, lost in the dirt, but I do remember that our home was in a crisis mode until it was found.
I do not have my mother's old treadle sewing machine and the attachments that went with it. Wouldn't you know, my little brother does! However, I do have my grandmother's old treadle and box of attachments, which would have been similar to my mother's.
A few days ago, when I decided that I would use a foot hemmer to narrowly hem a ruffle for the doll's brown dress, I discovered that my ten-year old Bernina didn't have one...nor a ruffler. They are available for separate purchase, of course. Thus, I pulled out my old Singer, which has both attachments, cleaned and oiled her up, and with a bit of practice, should have a narrowly trimmed ruffle ready to go...soon!
|Ruffled and narrowly hemmed...|
|Practice on my old Singer...|