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Gathering on Serger
Gathering cotton knit on a serger, possibly utilizing a stabilizing tape
Ronaele
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Date: 8/7/12 1:34 AM

I've been told I can use the gathering foot of the Baby Lock Evolution serger and gather one piece and sew it to the straight piece==all in one pass through. The problem is I can never keep both knits against the blade edge and the pieces separate from each other. So yes, the bottom piece is gathering but the stitching is completely missing the top straight piece. When i look at a purchased skirt which I am trying to replicate I see that each gathered seam has a clear tape (1/4") lying under the stitching...seemingly acting as a stabilizer. I would try this but I have looked for such a tape and cannot find such a thing. So, my question has two parts: 1) how DO i do the gather to a straight piece function on my Baby Lock, and 2) anyone know what this "tape" might be and where I could get it? Thanks

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Date: 8/7/12 4:09 AM

What looks like clear 1/4 tape on your ready to wear, store bought skirt, might be just clear stretchable elastic. They sell it on the elastic hang tag wall racks in little packages in the big fabric stores.

Maybe they (factory where store bought skirt was made in) actually did the the gathering on the skirt in a different way. If it's a very stretchy knit gathered skirt, I think they may have laid that clear elastic down on top of it on just one ruffle layer not sewn to anything, stretching that elastic out as far as they could, while doing that and then sewed over it. After that, when the tension was released on it, you would have a long piece of ruffled looking knit, just all by it's self and not even sewn onto anything else at all. Then maybe after that, in a second step and process they may have sewn the "preruffled by the elastic stretched out and sewn over it rectangle" to a straight piece of knit fabric.

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Date: 8/8/12 0:52 AM

I have the Evolution and the ruffler works like a dream. I'm wondering if you are not lining up the materials correctly?? I suggest you go on U-tube and watch a tutorial.

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Date: 8/8/12 7:33 AM

I believe Beuaturbu is correct. Using elastic tape as a stabilizer is pretty common. I have a ruffler attachment for my serger and it's wonderful to work with.

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Date: 8/9/12 8:50 PM

Thanks for all your responses. I did go on u-tube and looked at videos so I think I'm doing it right. The ruffler works great on woven fabrics but I cannot keep the two layers together with the lighter cotton knit. I've resorted to doing it in two steps instead of one. I will look for the clear elastic.... Thanks so much.

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