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Date: 10/23/06 1:56 AM

HELLO

I was going to try this and wondered if there was anyone out there that had done so..not sure how far in to sew from seam allowance and whether to do one row or two. Do you remove the gather and floss once sewn in place..I guess you would?

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Date: 10/23/06 2:18 AM

Hi Zaneta,
Yes, I do use dental floss, actually I use the wider/heftier type called dental tape. I sew it just to the outside of the seam line and use a fairly wide zigzag. I am careful not to stitch on top of the tape so that it is easy to remove. I have found that if I do not remove it after joining the gathered fabric piece to the targeted other pattern piece, that the gathers are not stable if stress is placed on them. Hard to explain, but I much prefer removing the dental floss/tape.
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Joan
Edited to correct my mistake....yes, stitch inside the seam line, not outside it.
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Date: 10/23/06 5:26 AM

thanks so much!

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Date: 10/23/06 8:57 AM

This is my favorite gathering-large-chunks-of-fabric method; I used unwaxed dental floss zig-zagged just barely inside the seamline and pulled it out only if the seam wobbled and it showed. One row was quite sufficient. Unfortunately, I finally used the last of my once large stash of unwaxed floss, and now I can't find any more anywhere. It's all waxed or flavored or otherwise stickied up. I tried the dental tape, but it seemed stiff and didn't gather well...perhaps I used the wrong brand? I think it was 'Glide'....

Anyway, does anyone have a good source for unwaxed floss?

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Date: 10/23/06 9:31 AM

You do want your zigzag stitching just inside the SA, so it won't show after the seam is sewn.

You do want to pull the floss out after the gathered seam is permanently stitched. If you accidentally zigzag through the floss, just clip that stitch to release the floss.

I have also used crochet yarn [it's like skinny string] instead of the floss.

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Date: 10/23/06 5:58 PM

Thanks everyone, I was hoping to play last night but ran out of time, hopefully this evening when my bub is sleeping!

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Date: 10/23/06 8:17 PM

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Anyway, does anyone have a good source for unwaxed floss?

You can use upholstery weight thread. You can find it at any Joann's or Hancock's in the Coats and Clark section.

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Date: 10/23/06 8:19 PM

This is good too. It's called knit cro sheen or speed cro sheen, something like that, and it's basically cotton string. They use to use it to make crocheted lace. I think Walmart carries it.

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