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Q: I want to sew a few decortive pillows as gifts, what is an easy why to do gathers? Maryanne, Winnipeg


There are a nuber of ways to do gathers.

A standard way of doing gathers is to stich along the seamline and again 1/4" away in the seam allowance,using long machines stiches. Then pull threads ends and adjust to fit. Howe When pulling the threads it is easy to have a thread break so pull on the bobbin thread.  . There are easier ways. Frist check if there is a gathering foot for your machine. This is a specail foot that makes it easier to do gathers on light to medium weight fabric. When using this foot if you alter the stitch lenght  and the upper tension you can  will alter the fullness of the gathers.  Another method to try if you are gathering a heaver weight fabric ,is doing a  wider ziz-zag stitch over a light weight cord.( gimp  or string)  The width of the ziz-zag should be at 4mm and with a stitch  lenght of 3. Pull on the cords to adjust the gathers, If you are going to be doing a fair number of projects you may want to check out the ruffler attachment that is available  for most machines .With the ruffler attachment you can make closely or widely spaced pleats or ruffles automatically whlie sewing.  Clover also has a gathering tape that you sew down then pull the built in cords.

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