And usually you can’t pull the original thread out if you’ve sewn over it too much……but sometimes you can pull it right out. You then pull the ends of the thread to gather the fabric. Jamee – Sorry, I don't think we have the same machine. I love it. You’ll see how this helps you to gather the fabric without it folding down and without the gathers overlapping. Is it a setting on your machine? You're a life-saver. Set your machine to a long stitch length - anywhere from 3 to 4. Love your site!Beth. (I've never even touch thread, needle, or a sewing machine until a couple of weeks ago, but my 2010 resolution was to learn to sew. Thank you for explaining everything so throughly and WITH PICTURES! I’m currently decorating my basement family room and putting together my very own dedicated sewing space and will be ready to dive into sewing again after a break of a year and a half. So here is the basic idea of gathering fabric. you can email me back at [email protected] thanks ! I love gathering. But I need a little recommendation, where do you buy cheap jersey knit? I've learned sooo much! You use a long stitch. Is it necessary to use a ball-point needle when sewing knits? Then, you’re ready to stitch the bodice to the skirt. The if you’re attaching it to another piece of fabric, turn it over so that right sides are facing each other………. The more pins that you use, the more even your gathers will stay when you sew the pieces together. No need to even worry about it. Does that maKe sense? Leave the tails of the thread long on at least one end of the stitching before cutting them. But the prices are pretty good and the site came highly recommended by several people. it looks like you have the same machine as me and i am having a problem (futura) I want to buy applique designs or even embroidery designs and can not figure out how when i buy them they send me the design how to get it in my futura program on the computer so that i can send it to the machine. Now, press your dress open (press the seam up toward the bodice) and admire your perfectly gathered skirt! Any tips? i havent cut another piece out of fear…and not wanting to waste material. You are fabulous. Follow the steps below to set your machine up for gathering stitches 1. Though i wish it did. Line up the marks and pin. (It will usually have a little picture of a dotted line getting bigger and bigger…..). We made our straight quilting cotto… I just found this website and love it. Thanks, Melissa. I wish they still taught it in schools today. The traditional method of gathering uses a double row of long basting stitches sewn ⅛” apart within the seam allowance. Hmmm…maybe I should go try another one knit scarve using the gathering technique AND the zigzag stitch you showed us. Now that I'm a mother, I figured I'd give it a go. Thanks! Zigzag over the top. Does anyone know what kind of Coin this is? Any tips? NOTE: In our example below, we’re using a plain fabric with brightly colored thread so you can see the technique. Thank you so much! While the flounces may look complicated, making the stitch is a simple procedure. mine is a Singer Precision but doesn't do any sort of embroidery. 4. Have fun in your sewing adventures. 'Math doesn't care about' Trump fraud claims: Official, How Va. gym managed to avoid coronavirus outbreak, What 'Fixer Upper' star would tell her younger self, Blank ballots: 'I could not give my vote to either person', Jack Nicklaus won't talk Trump at Augusta National, 'Masked Singer' Snow Owls are famous married couple, Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud, Host of provocative series recalls Oprah question. I've also taken a needle and thread and made giant hand stitches around the edge of the fabric. Sew one straight line 1/8 inch from the edge of the fabric. don't know if you ever want to do a tutorial on that but if you do i would love it. Nice and easy!! Keep up the great tuts. https://www.seasonedhomemaker.com/how-to-gather-fa... Agree with the answer about just using a *long* stitch, perhaps the longest (straight) stitch on your machine. This is great!! In fact, I have awarded you a Sunshine Award here: https://www.spendlessandsavemore.net/2010/03/i-just-got-sunshine-award.html. Just curious if you had any insight. LOL!Keep the tips coming please! See the difference in stitch length? So I'm determined to learn how to sew my own clothes. I really appreciate the clarity in your posts and your willingness to (for lack of a better term) dumb things down for us. I spent a long time last night trying to figure out why my straight stitch wouldn't gather! Ashley! How can I socialize with the covid pandemic. a drop? My mother used to sew clothes for me all the time, but passed away before she could teach me. a spoonful? How do I do that on my sewing machine? i just wanted to let you know how much i appreciate you taking the time to make posts like this one!!! It’s all bunched up and rippling the fabric. justwanting to know what type of sewing maching you use ? And now … this is going to be so easy! This is so awesome! Normally it’s stretched or bunchy. Gathering Stitch is one of the sewing techniques that help to create creases on a cloth by drawing the fabric together. Sew a straight line 1/4 inch from the fabric edge to be gathered, leaving a 2-inch tail at each end. In addition, we’ve placed a different color thread in the bobbin, which you will understand as you continue to read. I tried to adjust the material down the thread, but it just wasn’t working. Sew a few stitches in the end, and then hold the fabric/elastic behind the needle with your left hand and stretch the fabric/elastic until the fabric is straight. Keep up the great work. thank you so much for your beginning sewing tips! There are other ways to gather but some would require more supplies like sewing on a strip or tube through which you could insert a cord which you could pull on to gather, or using a particular gathering "foot" (but the ruffler type foot in particular is somewhat expensive). How do you think about the answers? Thanks so much! I’ve had some requests recently for sewing basics so today I’d like to discuss how to sew a gathering stitch. I love how clothing looks when it does this, but I could never figure out how to do it. Go to your sewing machine, set up the proper settings (use a zig-zag or other stretch stitch), and then line up your fabric for sewing. Press your gathers and shoot them with some steam while you’re working. Thank you! Line up your needle so that you can stitch directly in the center of your two rows of gathering stitches. The help you need probably will only take a couple of hours, and the cost to you will be quite reasonable. (though there are many techniques out there….) Still have questions? When you’re ready to gather your strip, it slithers smoothly on the fishing line, no broken threads! I’ve been wondering something about the whole gathering and ruffles thing. Set your machines stitch length at 4. What does "clip valleys, notch mountains" mean and why do you trim the seam allowances? No Melissa, don't pull the basting stitch out. :-) Perhaps next time i'll try it the correct way. Thanks for the tips, I wondered which stitch would be best for knits, so I'll give this a go! https://meetvirginiaandroo.blogspot.com/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop. I anchor the end of fishing line by making a lot of figure 8s around a straight pin, and pinning it securely to the edge of the strip to be gathered. Thank you thank you thank you!! Work on one section at a time. I’ve recently destroyed a project that needed ruffles and this tutorial was really helpful. I would suggest pulling your top thread (not the bobbin thread to the front long enough to go the entire length of your piece plus a few inches. Take a peek in your user's manual to find how to adjust the length. I’m so glad to see all you youngsters out there sewing. And as long as you have your fabric pinned down, it will stay pretty well before you have to sew it in place. Yes, adjusting the stitch length is a setting on your machine. things like that seem so simple to most people on DIY websites, but to someone like me… who has ZERO seamstress skills, and no one around to show her, your site is absolutely invaluable. whoa man, thanks so much for this! Fortunately, my 3 year old desn't yet know the difference between a nice gathered skirt and a "hmm, i guess this is good enough for a toddler" stitch. Is it possible you were reading my mind?! I’ve just found it hard to understand how it stays ruffle(y) when the thread is going to just fall out because you don’t back stitch. If you live anywhere near Reading Pa come on over and I can show you how. This gives a bit of an easier stitch to "pull". A tip my mom gave me is to do two basting stitch a gather them both that way if one thread breaks–which has happend to me, you don't loose it all. I just focused them around the front of the shoulders – loving it so far!). I have never been really good with crafts, but you just make it so simple to learn and create!