Smocking embroidery technique involves gathering the fabric in such a way that it stretches. In the past, smocking was generally done to add a decorative effect to the cuffs, bodices and necklines of an outfit to replace buttons. It is a beautiful embroidery style which makes clothes comfortable and flexible.

Smocking embroidery is done before the outfit is gathered. The dimensions of a normal piece of fabric are minimized to one third of its original width, whereas in a thick fabric these changes are comparatively lesser. Smocking pleater, often known as smocking machine, is often used to make pleats for smocking. The fabric is feeded into the pleater from the back, which is pushed back through grooved rollers to the needles which hold a strong thread. After the pleating of the fabric it is choked and sized in for working beautiful stitch.




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