I use an easy way to gather fabric without the gathering thread breaking. Pull out both the bobbin and the top threads to a length longer than the piece to be gathered, and pull them to the right of the needle. Set the machine to a ziz-zag stitch. Put the fabric under the pressure foot and make 2 or 3 stitches. Pull the two threads to the front of the pressure foot and start sewing. The zig-zag stitch will cover the threads almost automatically. Pull the threads to gather as full as needed. If I have several widths of fabric to gather, I divide it into quarters or half and gather each section separately.
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By Dawn T. (Guest Post)02/08/2009
That was awesome, thank you so much for your time to post this advise!
By Paula Hite (Guest Post)02/22/2008
That is a GREAT idea, Bette! I can't wait to try it!
By beth (Guest Post)02/21/2008
How wonderful is this! I am so thankful to know this now.
By Ashley (Guest Post)09/30/2007
I had absolutely no idea how to do a machine gather. With these instructions, it was SO simple. Thank you so much!
By Larson (Guest Post)07/31/2006
Thank you so much. My machine is a little old with no "gathering" setting. Worked like a charm :)
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