Here is the pleater I made over 10 years ago. I used a board about 19 inches long, 3 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches thick.On each side I nailed small nails that had a head on them that would prevent the wire from slipping off once I started wrapping the wires onto the homemade pleater. The nails are 1/4 inches apart and line up with the nails 1/4 inch apart on the other side of the board. I don't remember what gauge wire I think I used about a 22 gauge of wire. Look.down on the wood with the nails on the left and right. Wrap the wire several times around the top left wire, pull as tight as you can -you can see on the pictue to the left some of the wire have become loose. I still pleat and makes even looking pleats after using it for almost 10 years. Now wrap
the wire on the top right nail-pulling tight and wrapping the wire around the nail twice. Do not go back to the left side. Go down one nail on the right side and wrap the wire around the nail twice the pull the wire across to the left and pull the wire tight and wrap around the nail twice. Now do the same, Go down to the 3rd nail on the left side, wrapping the nail twice then you go across the board to the right side pulling tight and wrap the wire around the 3rd nail. Go down to the 4th nail on the right side.....Keep doing this until you have completed the entire board. I found when I was done the nails looked like they might snag on something so I laid the board on a piece of aluminum foil 4 or 5 inches longer than the board, Center the board bringing the foil up each side scrunching the foil over the nails so the do not snag on any thing. Someone with better wood working skill will have a better looking pleater. For me this worked and that was all I needed. If you need to hem do that first making a narrow hem and press flat. Depending on how wide your board is will determine how wide a piece of fabric you can pleat. Lay the fabric on top of the pleater and take something like an old credit card. Mark on the credit card how deep you want the pleats. Then, to start the first pleat hold the fabric down with your left hand and push the fabric with the credit card (using your right hand) between the 1st and 2nd wire up to the line you have marked on the credit card. You may want to hold down the first pleat with your left hand wihile you push the fabric using the credit card between wire 2 and 3. Keep going until you have all the pleating you need. Take your steam iron and press the pleats with a hot iron and lots of steam for cotton fabric. For other fabrics, such as silk use the settings on your iron with no steam. Do not remove the fabric until it has cooled. I then take it out of the pleater and sew across the unhemmed edge to hold the pleat.
If you do not stitch down the last few pleats you can put them in the first few wires on the pleater and continue on making a pleated piece as long as you need.
Here is the Marie Osmond angel I did for my aunt. I enlarged it to 6.25 inched (states at the OESD site the size cane be altered) and tutned out great. Took a litter longer to sew out. Used 2 layers of wash away stabilizer or does not work well.
This doll was in Quilting Arts mag. for a doll contest.
This mobil was done for a store sample. The designs were sewn out twice. Once in reverse. Then glued together with nylon thread in the center to be tied to the copper wire I bent into shape.
The angels were enlarged to 5.22 inches high to 5.19 inches wide-she is turned at an angle when sewn out. The final measure from top of head to bottom of skirt is 6.25 inches high.
Double run outline I did from a picture of my grandson using the Artista software
Jodi sent me pictures of her machine cover for her Ellageo. She increased pattern by 2 inches on all sides to make sure it fit.
Thanks for sending me the picture.
ONE OF THESE DAYS I WILL FINISH MY "FROG-O'MATIC" QUILT
For the candle the design was sewn on tulle, cut out then glued on with Velcro glue-it really sticks even on wax..
Cross stitch pillow using the Cross stitch program in the Artista software.
Double run outline of Christmas ornament. Digital picture taken the scanned into the Artista software then used the double run outline technique to make pillow.
Above, hoop stabilizer. then draw a horizontal line
To the right spray the stabilizer-after you draw the line. Lay the first cut piece of ribbon on the line. Place other cut ribbons above and below the first one. Adjust the name so that it is in the correct place on the ribbon.
This is a machine cross stitch design I found somewhere on line. Lost who it is from several years ago when that computer crashed. This was done with my embroidery machine. When you look close you still cannot tell it is done by machine.