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Gathering with Dental Floss (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: LisaG
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Posted on: 4/15/08 10:49 PM
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I'm probably not the first person to post this tip, but it was such a revelation to me! Instead of gathering with a loose stitch and pulling the bobbin thread, I sewed a zigzag stitch over a piece of dental floss, giving it a tug every now and then as I sewed to make sure it hadn't caught in the zigzag. When it was time to gather, all I had to do was pull the dental floss. So easy! I'll never do it the other way again!
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granny geek said...
Never thought of using dental floss...I usually use heavy thread. This is a great idea...Ill use it. Thank you!
4/16/08 0:33 AM
ryansmumAria said...
Lisa, this is a great technique - I love it, too. I taught a section on gathering and this is one of the best ones. YOu will get a different looking gather than if you pull bobbin threads where you get a softer looking gather. They are quite different from each other IMHO. Thanks for a great tip!
4/16/08 1:31 AM
perperella said...
It's very interesting. As a matter of fact i'm doing a top with gathering and tried this method and it's better this way. For me it is eccellent
4/16/08 2:54 AM
ryan's mom said...
I always forget about this method. Thanks for the reminder :) !
4/16/08 6:52 AM
nanahanna said...
Great idea! Thanks!
4/16/08 4:32 PM
Lee-Ellen said...
Gosh, that sounds like it would work perfectly. I avoid gathers because I hate fighting with regular threads. I suppose it should be non-waxed floss, and that other sorts of heavy threads could be substituted. Thanks, Lisa!
4/17/08 9:56 AM
KATHLEEN said...
I'm going to try this technique.
4/17/08 1:02 PM
sewtime said...
Thank you I look forward to trying it!
12/15/08 7:15 PM

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