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Ruffler # 86 is a specialist in the simple gathering and pleating of fabrics. Thanks to its variable setting options, both pleat depth and frequency of gather can be varied.

This means that Ruffler # 86 can set a pleat with every stitch, every 6th stitch, or every 12th stitch, as you choose. There’s also the option of sewing without pleating, without replacing the presser foot (ruffler setting = 0). Gathering is performed by the special gathering blade, which causes the up-and-down motion of the needle to catch a bit of fabric each time and slip it under the needle.

The result: neat, even gathering and pleats on home furnishings or garments. The depth of the pleat can be infinitely varied by turning the adjusting screw.

Discover Ruffler # 86’s ease of handling now, and enjoy creating successful sewing projects!

Tutorial: how to sew pleats and ruffles with the BERNINA ruffler no. 86. In this instruction video you can find out more about the BERNINA ruffler no. 86. This clever attachment allows you to create ruffles, ruches, flounces and pleats as required, or in one manoeuvre to both gather fabric and to sew together the gathered and ungathered fabric. The video shows how to attach the versatile accessory and adjust the right settings on your BERNINA sewing machine. It demonstrates clearly the ways in which gathering foot no. 86 can be used. You'll be amazed at how simple it is -- convenient and exact, in the usual BERNINA quality.

BERNINA presser feet -- Ruffler #86. In the 47th section of the BENINA presser-feet online tutorial we'll show you the functions of the ruffler no. 86. This presser foot lets you gather and pleat single layers of fabric very easily. It is also possible to gather one piece of fabric and stitch it to a flat piece in a single operation. Pleat density can be varied -- a pleat with every stitch or every sixth or every 12th stitch. The depth of the pleats can also be adjusted as wished. Check out the other sections of the presser-feet tutorials and learn more about BERNINA sewing machines at

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