Machine Smocked Easter Dress

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I'm very thankful to Jesus - who gives me the creativity, resources & ability to make lovely dresses for my little granddaughters! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure your pleats are even, put a lightweight, fusible stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabrics, and sew the decorative stitches on the wrong side. My Baby Lock Sewing Machine came with a bobbin designed to accommodate heavy threads & yarn. Ordinary bobbins can work if you loosen the tension on the bobbin case. Generally speaking, I don't like to mess with the tension on the bobbin. If you plan to do a lot of bobbin work, I would suggest getting a second bobbin case that can be set to the looser tension.

What you will need

  • Poly/Cotton fabric
  • Embroidery floss

Q&A with sewnsew

dolores.v1515721 asked:
can i buy a sewing machine that does fancy smocking on small girls dresses
sewnsew answered:
I did this project on a BabyLock Symphony sewing machine. It has a special bobbin case that allows me to do "bobbin work". This bobbin case has a special tension setting that let me use the heavy metallic thread. I put the fabric right side down (facing the bobbin) and selected several different decorative stitches that are built into this machine. Many machines have a variety of decorative stitches to use. And you can adjust the tension on the bobbin to accommodate heavier threads, but I like the fact that my Symphony came with a separate bobbin case dedicated to that purpose so I don't have to mess with the bobbin tension. Hope this helps Dolores.v
rannaquin1729929 asked:
love this
sewnsew answered:
thank you Rannaquin!
barbara181355995 asked:
Beautiful dresses for machine smocking. I am waiting for a tutorial on this technique.
sewnsew answered:
Thank you Barbara. I'm working on trying to figure out how to do video tutorials for my sewing work.
d-lyn asked:
What type of thread did you use in your bobbin? Pearl cotton? Also do you wind it on by hand?
sewnsew answered:
I used pearl cotton thread in the bobbin. I did not wind it by hand. I was able to use the bobbin winder on my machine to wind the bobbin.