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Help easing/gathering skirt to lining
Trying to use my serger for this, not working well
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Date: 9/24/13 10:56 AM

After a long vacay from sewing, I'm BACK and now stuck!

So, I'm trying to attach the lining (which has elastic in it) to the skirt itself (which is now much larger than the lining).

Since I have to ease quite a bit of fabric, I thought I'd use the differential feed on my BL Englighten serger... well, this doesn't seem to work. The directions say to set the differential anywhere from 1.3 to 2.0. I've tried all the settings with the LONGER fabric on the bottom or the top (in case I had it backwards) and it doesn't really pull the longer fabric to match the shorter... I don't know what I'm doing wrong??

Alternatively, I was thinking of getting a gathering foot for this machine and giving that a try... or I still have my Brother 1034D with a gathering foot that I could try first.

Any thoughts, tips, suggestions, advice???

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Date: 9/24/13 3:14 PM

Hi! If I understand correctly, your skirt lining has elastic already attached to it, so now it is smaller than your self lining, and you are wanting to attach the non-elasticized self but it's too big? If this is the case, would you be able to stretch your elasticized lining edge to match your self edge while sewing that seam.

If you have a picture, that might help me better understand.

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Date: 9/24/13 3:48 PM

I'm trying to repair a skirt that my sister had where the elastic had given out.

The lining has an elastic waist band which I changed the elastic in so it's now smaller than the actual skirt.

I'm trying to re-attach the skirt to the lining, but the skirt waist is now much bigger than the lining waist.

I hope that helps!

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Date: 9/24/13 5:48 PM

Seems like either the elastic needs to be stretched as it's sewn onto the skirt as catina posted...or the skirt needs to be baste gathered to fit the elastic skirt lining...or a combo of the two. So which way would make the resulting fit be best?

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Date: 9/24/13 6:34 PM

Is it possible for you to post up some pictures or video of your project? Or I will also be happy to do a youtube "hangout" with you that we can share with everyone (in case we happen to come up with something brilliant!) lol

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Date: 9/24/13 6:40 PM

You can't expect the differential feed to do all the work. You should place the skirt so the skirt fabric is on the feed dogs, put your needle(s) down and stretch the lining until it lays flat, serge a bit then readjust the fabric and do some more.

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Date: 9/25/13 8:42 AM

Welcome back Heather! So glad to see you!

I wondered what happened to you. You impressed me so much because you were new to sewing but advanced so incredibly fast. Then you bought new SM's, sergers and got a sewing room and then you vanished!

Glad you're back!

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Date: 9/25/13 11:44 AM

I think it might be more easy to just do it on the sewing machine.Or just stretch it out by hand, pin or baste and then sew over it, just not over any pins.

Just since then you got two rounds of fabric, that you can fit together, and stretch one to fit the other, and even pin it in some good places, like at the seams, and in quarters or 1/8 of the round, and then you also got good visibility at your needle too, if it's a sewing machine.

If you just crank up your differential feed and it does actually gather and not just condense it a bit, I think it is going to do it on both layers at the same time too, not just one of them at all.

I kind of look at the differential feed on the serger, more like kind of using a ruffler/gathering attachment, just in that yes it can draw fabric up, (depending on the fabric) but it's not super gathered most times or super controllable, with two different size pieces of something in a limited amount of space. Also how much it draws anything up, just kind of depends on how thick and heavy it is too. I don't think it would help at all to stick some big gathering attachment onto the serger for that either, as then you would still have that issue, of it would just be gathering and then when you got close to back to sewing on the part of the round, where you started at, you might have ran out of fabric to gather at that point or have too much left over there to even fit it in that space.

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Date: 9/25/13 8:16 PM

Thanks for all of the tips!!

I ended up winging it... I used the differential feed on the serger to serge the larger (outer) layer to "gather" the skirt to make it smaller. With just ONE layer, that worked almost too well, had to stretch it out a bit to fit the lining.
Then serged the lining to the outer layer together. Took two steps instead of one, but worked pretty well. We'll see how long it holds up!

I've never attached elastic to something directly (always made a casing). It scares me to try to stretch it out that it won't fit properly, but I suppose I'll cross that bridge at some point!

Pj3g: thanks! yes, I really fell out of the sewing world for awhile, just wasn't feeling the motivation to sew (was also going through some personal stuff which didn't help). Now I've got the urge back and am FINALLY using my great sewing space that was all set up and just sitting there. So nice of you to remember me!!

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Date: 9/25/13 9:11 PM

I think we all have weeks, months or years where the motivation to sew goes into remission. I noticed you because you were such a beginner but learning and sewing at lighting speed. And then you were gone. I checked your profile periodically to see if you were around. I am very glad to know you are alive and well! There are a couple others I wonder about too. Anyway, so glad you are alive and well and back! I know you are destined to accomplish great things!

BTW, you have done way harder things than sewing on elastic! Sewing on elastic by stretching it is a piece of cake compared to the things you have already sewn!

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