Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gathering fabric is a pain




Gathering fabric is always a huge pain for me. Evenly distributing the gathers so they look uniform always makes my jaw tense. Sewing is supposed to be relaxing, right!? ha!
Well, the project I'm working on now requires gathering, luckily the tutorial I'm using referred me over to another gathering tutorial that I LOVE! I will never gather fabric the old fashion way with the two lines of long stitches. 

8 comments:

Throckmorton Jones said...

I'd never have thought to try it this way but it looks like it would work well.

Threads of Inspiration said...

I have found that if you stitch over a cord like you are showing in your photo and then about 1/4 inch away stitch over another cord you will have very even gathers. For some reason doing it twice helps the gathering from coming loose at the ends as well. Good luck with your gathering!

Kari Hanson said...

Great idea. I've done the one line before, and still didn't like the uneven-ness of it. I've got 20 costume dresses to make, and I'm going to do the two lines over a cord. That will save me tons of time, without sacrificing quality. Thanks guys!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the comments ladies. Kari, 20 costumes!! That's amazing. I'd love to see more when they are done. Happy gathering!

Cathy said...

I've seen a similar tutorial, except using dental floss in place of the crochet thread. I'll be trying it!

Barb Edmondson said...

Dental floss or heavy topstitching thread works well to. It helps to use a color contrasting to the fabric.

Emily Weaver said...

I use 20 wgt nylon line. Then on the end of sewing line I put a pin in the fabric and wrap line in a figure eight around the pin. I do this on both ends and then when I am finished sewing the ruffle on to the next fabric I just remove the pin and the line is easy to pull out.

Emily Weaver said...

I do my zigzag stitch over 20wt nylon fishing line. I then put a pin in the beginning and end of fabric gathering line and wrap the fishing line in a figure eight and pull it tight so the line will crease around the pin. Then when I am ready to attach the ruffle I place my pressure over the figure eight and remove the pin. When I am finished I just remove the end pin and pull the line out easy. I have made bridle garments for years and used this method many many time.

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