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Posted by: LisaG

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Posted on: 4/15/08 10:49 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people   Very Helpful by 13 people   
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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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sewtime said... (12/15/08 7:15 PM) Reply
Thank you I look forward to trying it!
KATHLEEN said... (4/17/08 1:02 PM) Reply
I'm going to try this technique.
Lee-Ellen said... (4/17/08 9:56 AM) Reply
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!
nanahanna said... (4/16/08 4:32 PM) Reply
Great idea! Thanks!
ryan's mom said... (4/16/08 6:52 AM) Reply
I always forget about this method. Thanks for the reminder :) !
perperella said... (4/16/08 2:54 AM) Reply
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
ryansmumAria said... (4/16/08 1:31 AM) Reply
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!
granny geek said... (4/16/08 0:33 AM) Reply
Never thought of using dental floss...I usually use heavy thread. This is a great idea...Ill use it. Thank you!
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