|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!