|When sewing the 2 rows of basting stitches for gathering fabric, sew the first row 1/8" to the left of the seamline, and the second row 1/8" to the right of the seamline. Then pin the gathered piece to the piece your adding it to, adjusting the gathers, and sew the seam down the middle of the 2 rows. This keeps the gathers neat on both sides of the seam. It's easier to pull out the basting when the stitches aren't sewn over. Use a contrasting thread to make it even easier to remove the basting. I did this by accident, and I liked it!