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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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MarianS said...
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!
7/25/11 9:59 AM
RLL said...
That does sound like it could make a tedious job quicker.
7/25/11 1:02 PM
Pam~Off The Cuff~ said...
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.
8/7/11 2:49 PM
Gail in Western WA said...
I've sometimes zigzagged over buttonhole thread for long or heavy gathering, but the serger, the cording foot -- Nice! Faster and more accurate. Thanks.
8/19/11 9:42 PM
gaza said...
big help as I make rock n roll pettie coats for my wife with lots of gathering
8/29/11 6:39 PM
jeannemarie1 said...
could i do this with a sewing machine with the same idea?
9/27/11 0:34 AM
Passion4Sewing said...
Jeannemarie-sure, A serger is just a lot faster :-)
9/27/11 7:32 AM
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