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gemmalou
« on: February 27, 2009 02:37:42 AM »

Hello!

I'm making a skirt from McCalls 5631 and am at the stage where I need to gather the top of the skirt piece.  Problem is, I'm using a relatively heavy fabric and pulling on my basting threads gathers a teeeeeny bit, then the thread snaps.  How is one supposed to go about gathering heavier fabric?  By hand, without threads, just folding?

Any advice would be fab!

Thanks!
Gemma
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2009 03:13:06 AM »

Put some of that clear nylon thread in your bobbin (it feels kind of like fishing line). It's invisible and won't break  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2009 07:11:39 AM »

Take some cotton twine on a roll (the kind that you use to tie meat) lay it on the fabric and stitch a wide zig zag over it.  A cording foot helps but it's not essential.  The idea is to catch the string under the zig zag.   You pull the string on either side to make the gathers.  Once the garment is gathered to your liking, you can sew a regular stitch to make it permanent, remove the string and the zig zag stitches.

It works every time unless your zig zag is not wide enough.  You don't want to sew the string....so TAKE IT SLOW and steady.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009 10:01:22 PM »

Take some cotton twine on a roll (the kind that you use to tie meat) lay it on the fabric and stitch a wide zig zag over it.  A cording foot helps but it's not essential.  The idea is to catch the string under the zig zag.   You pull the string on either side to make the gathers.  Once the garment is gathered to your liking, you can sew a regular stitch to make it permanent, remove the string and the zig zag stitches.

It works every time unless your zig zag is not wide enough.  You don't want to sew the string....so TAKE IT SLOW and steady.

This works really well for thick fabric. I've used it on wool capes, and it's much easier than trying to gather using basting. :3
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009 06:55:18 AM »

In thick fabrics I rarely gather the fabric. I would put in lots of smaller pleats to take up the fullness, especially if it is a very full skirt. I found I have more control over the final look that way. I can make folds behave much better then gathers; and you don't end up with alot of weirdness in the seam. Just mark the center front, center back, and side seams with pins and pleat away. I don't get real concerned about making the pleats perfectly even either, as long as they do the job and are close.
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gemmalou
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009 05:21:59 AM »

Thanks so much guys - I tried the string idea and it worked a treat!  Thank you Smiley Smiley Smiley
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