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Tips & Techniques > Easy Gathering (Nancy Zieman way)

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Posted on: 8/19/08 1:39 PM
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After being fed up with my gathering threads breaking, I found this tip in 10, 20, 30 Minutes to Sew. I use it all the time now.

Put the fabric under the needle and turn the handwheel one turn. Gently pull on the top thread, pulling the bobbin thread loop up to the top. Take one more stitch. Pull up the bobbin thread. Gently twist the 2 threads together and pull them to twice the length needed to be gathered. Change your machine to a zig-zag stitch. Zig-zag over the twisted threads, being careful not to stitch on them. When done, you can gather the fabric by gently pulling the twisted thread. They won't pull out because you anchored them in the first stitch.

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Teeavilnor said... (8/24/08 9:59 AM) Reply
I will try this today.
sewtime said... (8/20/08 2:14 PM) Reply
Thank you for this review, I can hardly wait to try it!
comocosews said... (8/20/08 1:08 PM) Reply
Thanks for the reminder. I saw this done once, but forgot about it. Thanks.
ryansmumAria said... (8/20/08 1:05 AM) Reply
ooooh, I can't wait to try this!
petro said... (8/19/08 6:15 PM) Reply
interesting, if I understand it its a variation on the zigzagging over a thicker thread technique, but you are using the same threads so they are held at the start?
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