Ruffler Foot – A Very Strange Looking, But Wonderful Attachment

The ruffler foot is a very strange, but marvelous, attachment that is more than just a foot. In reality it is really an attachment. This is an attachment that looks complicated, but once you know how it works, it’s an easy foot to use, in-spite of its intimidating appearance.

The ruffler is designed to create professional looking ruffles, gathers and pleats, either singly or in groups of gathers or pleats by adjusting the stitch length on the ruffler.

The modern ruffler attaches to the needle clamp with a fork arm, and a foot arm attaches to the presser bar in place of the normal presser foot.

There is a lever that controls the pleat fullness, meaning how often the ruffler makes a pleat or gather, either, every stitch, every sixth stitch or every twelfth stitch. There is a pleat depth screw that regulates how deep the pleat or gather is. The screw is tightened for deeper ruffles and loosened for shallower ruffles.

It takes more to learn to use this foot than an average foot, but once you do learn the ins and outs of attaching, adjusting the settings for what you want, then this attachment is marvelous for making ruffles on frilly, little girl clothes, ruffles on curtains or pillow edges.

Singer Ruffler Presser Foot


Some excellent references about presser feet are:

• The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook by Charlene Phillips

• Fancy Footworks – Book and/or DVD by Nancy Zieman

These two references each have detailed sections on using the ruffler.

In addition, to view a nice video on how to attach and use the ruffler foot by clicking here on

There are also some great videos that can be found by clicking here on the link to YouTube on how to use the ruffle in general and for different sewing machine vendors

The ruffler is one of those attachments that is best seen to demonstrate how to attach and use it, rather than just following written instructions, due to the number of steps required to use it correctly.

For information about other sewing machine presser feet, click on the links below.

Satin Stitch Foot
Roller Foot
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