So I made a scarf for Ashlee's teacher, I have one more to make. This is the tutorial I used and once I got the tension set (between 4 and 5) and the right stitch length (about 15) then it went faster. But man it was annoying up until then with the breaking of the thread or getting caught in the bobbin area.
Strip cut out (about 11" wide by 100" long)
Started the "shirring"
Close up (kinda)