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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Help with sewing a gather back piece ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 1/21/13 10:26 AM

I had read a article about useing elastic thead That you put elastic thead on bottin and sew your lines the put Heat and steam and it would gather up where I sewed the elastic thead If any one can help with this i would be so gratful Thank You

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Date: 1/21/13 10:42 AM

Not sure if I completely understand your question.

I have never had much luck with putting elastic thread in my bobbin. It may depend on if you are able to adjust your bobbin tension manually, I believe, but am not sure, that you need a separate bobbin for that.

I think if you just sewed with the elastic thread it would gather without the heat or steam.

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Date: 1/21/13 3:15 PM

You have to manually wind the bobbin with the elastic thread, and loosen off the bobbin tension (if possible.) Then do a longer straight stitch. The fabric should gather on its own.

If you machine doesn't like the elastic thread in the bobbin case, you can just do a regular zig-zag stitch over the elastic thread and then pull it to gather.

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Date: 1/21/13 4:50 PM

I've done this before. I did not need to put any heat or steam on it however. It sewed/gathered very well.

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Date: 1/22/13 8:17 AM

I do not have to wind the bobbin manually, but it does depend on the thickness of the thread, and your machines bobbin winder.
I also find that the bobbin tension must be manipulated, and even though you may not have to add heat and steam, the difference, in my experience, is really nice. Consider that washing and drying will also do this, as the elastic is stretched when it is put on the original/commercial spool.
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Date: 1/22/13 9:05 AM

Thank you very much for helping me

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Date: 1/23/13 7:13 PM

I've done a bit of shirring and (surprisingly) never had a problem. I had avoided it for a while because I was sure it would be tricky.

I do hand wind my bobbin with elastic thread with very slight tension, don't bother to change the bobbin tension (or upper tension for that matter) and don't bother with the steam and heat (but I also wash in cold and line dry my clothes, so maybe that makes a difference). I didn't even know that steam and heat was sometimes recommended.

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