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Posted on: 4/15/10 2:05 AM
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I had a 'well duh' moment when working on my niece's Easter dress. I hate gathering. Always have. Even with my machine set to basting stitches, it's almost always difficult, and sometimes it's too tight to gather anyway, so I end up redoing it at least twice....

Not anymore. First set your straight stitch length to the longest your machine has to offer. For mine it's 4. Now, loosen the top tension of your machine by at least two settings. Next, start your gathering stitches, making sure to lock one end in place by going forwards, then backwards, then forwards again. When you get to the end of your gathering spots, put it away from them machine to give you nice, long threads before cutting it. Finally, simply grab one of the threads and pull. (It might take a few seconds to figure out which one to pull.) It should gather easily and quickly!

However, you must remember to reset your sewing machine to where it was before you gathered....

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bigsis said... (2/1/13 10:18 AM) Reply
a darker colored thread example:top thread white bobbin thread black!
Princess Aurora said... (7/3/10 6:29 PM) Reply
Similar to the technique that my Sewing Teacher taught us last year. Agree with psgates - heavyweight thread in the bobbin helps because the you'll know which thread to pull on to gather! =D
MB52 said... (4/22/10 1:20 PM) Reply
Thank you - I am right there with you.
monijo said... (4/18/10 8:40 AM) Reply
In some instances, zig-zagging (narrow width) over dental floss is also helpful. Secure the floss at one end, then pull to create the ruffles.
psgates said... (4/15/10 3:12 PM) Reply
Even better if you use a heavy weight thread
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