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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2007 08:38:40 PM »

Okay, the two versus one thing has always bothered me, especially since I am lazy lazy.  Thanks.

Another technique for those with sergers (or those who just want another excuse to get a serger).

Setting the differenial feed up with gather on very light material (its what you set higher when serging fleece or knits so they don't get larger as they're serged).

Or, pulling on the right needle thread gathers very nicely - the same as pulling on a bobbin thread.
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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2007 08:57:21 PM »

ok  so  I  had to  gather  tonight and  the  directions  said to  do teh  2 thread  gather..... I  had  done  this  before   with  the  same  directions  but  yep  shortened  it to  one  baste...(lazy too)



anyway  tonight I did it  with the  2 baste  lines.  I  found  I had to  pull  both  bobbin threads  at teh  same  time to get  them to  gather  decent.   but  once I   figured that  part  out I  found  having 2  lines to  pull made  it  much  easier.... and  the  end  result  was  a  better  lay  and  gathered  look  ..... thanks to  all those that  hae  been  giving  us the  tips and  info!!
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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2007 08:36:23 AM »

this is the greatest tip from my mom!

take a piece of waxed dental floss and zig-zag around the floss--when done--pull at either end and it will gather--

when your done sewing you can pull the piece of dental floss out and use it again.

it works great!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2007 11:41:15 AM »

Well I HATE gathering... most of my projects involve massive amounts of gathering, & I can never get it to be EVEN.  Anyways I splurged & spent the $3.74 for the gathering foot for my machine (sewing, the serger one is more)  Another method that I am in LOVE with is gathering with clear elastic!!!  I thing the elastic is .46 a yard at my local fabric store... anyways its easy to use & looks wonderful & perfectly even!
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2007 02:39:57 PM »

Yes, Kymy, clear elastic!

Here's a tute for anyone interested:
http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/07/gathering-with-clear-elastic.html
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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2007 04:34:39 PM »

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take a piece of waxed dental floss and zig-zag around the floss--when done--pull at either end and it will gather--

when your done sewing you can pull the piece of dental floss out and use it again.

This always sounds wonderfully simple...but I've never done this gathering version because I have this question:  When you pull out the floss after gathering how do you secure the material so the gather stays put?
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« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2007 12:42:08 PM »

Newbie to craftster here!  Great website!!!

I have a question for those that have used a gathering foot.  I have been frustrated with it because it is rather unpredictable.  If you have a certain place to insert a gathered piece it has to be gathered just right.  How do you do that with a gathering foot?  Thank you!
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« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2007 01:13:17 AM »

I put my stitch length to the maximum, then put my top tension as tight as it will go, and watch the fabric gather itself. Wink
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« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2007 02:53:22 PM »

I put my stitch length to the maximum, then put my top tension as tight as it will go, and watch the fabric gather itself. Wink

That sounds kind of brilliant. I am SO trying that. I have the clear elastic, which I haven't tried yet, and I have the elastic thread, which I also haven't tried yet. BUT, this sounds the easiest of all. I'll be in touch Wink
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« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2007 04:10:26 PM »

I put my stitch length to the maximum, then put my top tension as tight as it will go, and watch the fabric gather itself. Wink

I would LOVE to do it that way but I don't have a tension control that I can see.  I have a Pfaff and I don't see anywhere that I can change my tension.  I have a gathering foot that I used yesterday, but I wound up with extra fabric that wasn't supposed to be gathered and the gathered part was so un-straight that I had holes in the dress.  I had to re-do that... grrr Angry
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