Thursday, 20 June 2013

Gathering tip

One of the most common skills in sewing is knowing how to make even gathers. I love 
gathers but getting them to look even can be a challenge. Last night I discovered a neat trick to make this process easier. I'm going to start at the beginning in case there are people reading this who haven't gathered before. 

You should have marked your fabric with the gathering marks when you transferred the markings from your pattern where the area to be gathered is often marked by circles. They are the black x's on my fabric. 

Gathering marks

Next stitch between these marks. You need to use a long stitch length (I used 4 here) and sew two lines - one at 1/4" and one 3/8" in from the edge of your fabric. Make sure you leave long tails at both ends otherwise you won't be able to pull the fabric together. 

Gathering stitch lines

Keeping the tails free, pin your pieces of fabric together at the ends. Next, gather the excess fabric by pulling gently on the tails, one end at a time. You'll see the fabric gather among the stitches. 

Pulling gathers

Now for the tip. Place a pin where the tails begin (the red pins) and wrap the tail threads around them in a figure of eight. 

Securing tails using figure of eight

This will hold them neatly and securely while you move the excess fabric among the stitches until they are even. 

Even gathers

Continue to sew in your preferred manner by basting the gathers in place and then machine stitching or just machine stitch.

I'll definitely be using this every time I have to gather! 

10 comments:

  1. Wow! I love the tip whit the needle! I never thought of that! How smart:)

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    1. It is such a useful tip to know. Now I won't have to wrap the thread around my hands!

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  2. That's a great tip! I will certainly be trying that out next time I need to gather something! Thanks!

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  3. Heehee! I learned this one from my mother, when I was a kiddy! Excellent tip.

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    1. This would have saved me so much time if I had known it before now!

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  4. What a great tip! I'll definately remember that!

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  5. That's a super tip. I had to gather sleeves and it worked great! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. No problem, glad it worked for you!

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  6. I recently came up with that method myself too. Makes it so much simpler, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So, so much! I don't think I will dread gathering so much now.

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