Friday, July 22, 2016

2 ways to gather fabric with your sewing machine

     Gathering fabric is something a lot of people dread doing but it is an essential skill in many patterns. Today, I'm going to show you 2 ways to gather fabric. After reading these tips I hope you will feel like a pro when it comes to gathering! :)

Above photo shows 2 rows of stitching.

Adjust your stitch length to the longest length for a straight stitch.  Also, move your tension to the highest it can go( mine goes to 10 but it may vary with every machine).  Stitch 2-3 rows each 1/4"- 1/2" apart. Leave a long tail of thread( 5-6") at each end. The fabric should already have started to be gathered. To adjust the gathers grab the bobbin thread( the thread on the bottom) and gently pull. Adjust the gathers to the width needed.
  You're done!

Tips for gathering: When using a heavier fabric stitch 3+ rows to prevent thread breakage.

I love using this method when gathering tulle and heavier fabrics.

        Set your sewing machine to the widest and longest zig zag stitch you have. You will also need a thicker string/rope. Place the string so it is lined up with the center of your presser foot(see photo above). Stitch the fabric you are gathering making sure the string stays lined up with the center of your presser foot.

 Your stitches should look like this when you are done, the string being in the middle of the stitches.  NOTE: There is no need to leave a long tail of thread when using this method. However, you must leave a tail of string 4-6" long for gathering

     Next, grab the string and pull to gather to the width needed. When done gathering I would recommend wrapping the string around a pin to hold in place. 

Happy sewing!!!

Anna  :)