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Posted on: 7/24/11 9:06 PM
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I have discovered an easy way to gather. I bought a new serger (Juki MO654-DE). I bought a foot for it to use for fish line hems, and decided it would work for gathering. I have a cone of upholstery weight thread I use for gathering. I ran this tread thru the hole in the cording foot. I swung the cutting blade away and serged with long stitches over the upholstery thread. Be sure to secure one end of pull-thread and start pulling to gather at opposite end. It gathers very smoothly and quickly with this method.
I figured out this method just in time for all these gathers. It saves a lot of time!

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Passion4Sewing said... (9/27/11 7:32 AM) Reply
Jeannemarie-sure, A serger is just a lot faster :-)
jeannemarie1 said... (9/27/11 0:34 AM) Reply
could i do this with a sewing machine with the same idea?
gaza said... (8/29/11 6:39 PM) Reply
big help as I make rock n roll pettie coats for my wife with lots of gathering
Gail in Western WA said... (8/19/11 9:42 PM) Reply
I've sometimes zigzagged over buttonhole thread for long or heavy gathering, but the serger, the cording foot -- Nice! Faster and more accurate. Thanks.
Pam~Off The Cuff~ said... (8/7/11 2:49 PM) Reply
If you know that your piece will need to be gathered alot, you can speed the process by upping the differential feed to 2, so that the serger gathers the fabric "auto-magically" while stitching over the cord. When finished, you can then use to cord (as suggested in the tip above) to gather it more if necessary.
RLL said... (7/25/11 1:02 PM) Reply
That does sound like it could make a tedious job quicker.
MarianS said... (7/25/11 9:59 AM) Reply
Thanks for the great gathering tip. I don't have a cording foot, but I will try it with the regular foot. I think that should work. Beautiful dress!
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