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PeachieClean
« on: September 11, 2011 01:05:47 AM »

I'm using a pretty heavy fabric (Boyfriend's old uniform-y-thing, he's in the Navy) to make a skirt.  I've got it all good except that every time I try gathering to make the bottom ruffle my thread snaps and dies and I get irritated and take the thread out.  I don't know where my heavier thread wandered off to (Though my sister has been around lately and likes to borrow my things without asking with no intention of returning them.) so I'm here wondering, is there another way to gather the ruffle for the bottom of this skirt?  One that won't kill my poor, lightweight thread?  Please and thank you!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011 03:27:41 PM »

There is indeed! For heavier fabrics, you gather by laying down a piece of string or strong yarn (cotton butcher twine, for example) along the line to be gathered, which is usually just into the seam allowance. Then you set your machine to the loooongest zigzag stitch you have, set the tension a bit looser than usual, and zigzag over the string. Instead of pulling the thread, you pull the fabric along the string to gather it.

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PeachieClean
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2011 01:21:09 PM »

Thank you!  In the end for my skirt I ended up doing tiny knife pleats and not ironing them down so it's fluffy and ruffly but I'll keep that in mind next time =]
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spaz2phreek
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2011 07:32:17 AM »

I also thank you, Alexus. I have yet to need to ruffle a heavy fabric but I'm so adding this to my "random sewing tips that may be helpful in the future" folder...
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Alexus1325
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011 03:52:53 AM »

I also thank you, Alexus. I have yet to need to ruffle a heavy fabric but I'm so adding this to my "random sewing tips that may be helpful in the future" folder...

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lizardsally
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011 01:16:13 PM »

Sweet, thanks for this tip, I am planning on making a cape from an old purple velvety-type bedspread and I was wondering how to gather such thick fabric also!
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