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« on: January 12, 2009 08:15:57 AM »

Has anyone ever tried this particular technique:


I would love to know if it works. It seems easier than the other methods suggested on the net. I have never done a gathering stitch and would appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance!

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009 10:00:36 AM »

I sometimes use a cording foot and put the length of thread or a thicker thread/floss in the slot.  Basically the same principle as the link, but the cording foot helps center the thread you are sewing over.  If the needle accidently comes down on the thread you are sewing over with the zig-zag it won't work.

I was just contemplating buying a ruffling foot to use for gathering.

« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009 06:44:18 AM »

I have done that but I only pull out the top thread. It works for relatively short pieces. I can imagine doing both the top and bobbin thread since you can't see the boobin thread I think the potential for catching the thread in the stitching would be pretty great - and if it is caught in the stitching the techniques won't work.

For longer pieces - like curtains I have done as sewjayded said - used thick thread/string/cording both with and without the cording foot.
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009 04:16:47 PM »

Thank you for the advice sewjayded and elijor. Grin It was very generous of both of you to take time out to help me.  Viva La Craftster!  Cheesy

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
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