I am still new to sewing, but your tutorials give me so much confidence, and my projects come out good…. I HATE sewing on knits. 4. Do you use one? Sew a few stitches in the end, and then hold the fabric/elastic behind the needle with your left hand and stretch the fabric/elastic until the fabric is straight. i will keep watching for all the beautiful things you make i love your blog. I’m so glad to see all you youngsters out there sewing. really good! 2. love this site……..took turtle pattern and made pincushion….everyone loves it….love the re-purpose ideas..and yes would u do how to use feet tutorials……..betty. Get your answers by asking now. Sometimes it's a knob or a dial or even a digital button. Thanks for the tips! How do I attach wooden embellishments to a polyester dress? Do you think it will be problematic? I usually use two rows of basting stitch, especially if it is a long ruffle. Oh my goodness! At this time, you’ll have saggy fabric between the pins. And usually you can’t pull the original thread out if you’ve sewn over it too much……but sometimes you can pull it right out. Ruffles on dresses and curtains, and fullness in sleeves and skirts -- they all begin with a gathering stitch. Grab a hold of the top string and pull as you slide the fabric along the thread, gathering as you go. You then pull the ends of the thread to gather the fabric. You're a great teacher. I love gathering. K, well I'm just going to join the overwhelming number of commenters who've thanked you for making this Sewing Tips section. Thanks! Sew one straight line 1/8 inch from the edge of the fabric. **And if you’ll notice the shape of the stitch………it will allow the stitch to stretch, unlike a straight stitch where there is no give to it. Thank you so much! Notice the difference between the left and the right. Go to your sewing machine, set up the proper settings (use a zig-zag or other stretch stitch), and then line up your fabric for sewing. Jamee – Sorry, I don't think we have the same machine. Sew a few stitches in the end, and then hold the fabric/elastic behind the needle with your left hand and stretch the fabric/elastic until the fabric is straight. Mark at the fold, unfold the elastic, and now you have it marked in quarters. I just found this website and love it. How do I do that on my sewing machine? Thank you! Set your machine to a long stitch length - anywhere from 3 to 4. I was wandering the web aimlessly & thinking it would be nice to find a site or blog that made ruffled edges easy for a newbie like me and guess where I landed?! When done pull the thread from your spool (the one you zigzagged over) to your desired ruffle. Still have questions? Line up your needle so that you can stitch directly in the center of your two rows of gathering stitches. you can email me back at [email protected] thanks ! I just wanted to say that I freaking love your blog. We made our straight quilting cotto… Your rock my world! I've learned sooo much! But if it is gaping….. Just pull gently on the thread (the one that was on the top, but now is on the bottom because you flipped your fabric over) and slide the gathers along until they are even. I have never tried gathering knit fabric and want to try. Normally it’s stretched or bunchy. Take a peek in your user's manual to find how to adjust the length. I'll take what I can get! Pull the pin, and pull the next section and sew to the next pin. But mine is just pinned, so just imagine with me….. Learning how to gather fabric is a basic sewing technique, and essential for garment sewing, but it can be challenging when you are first learning. Yes, adjusting the stitch length is a setting on your machine. Amazing out fit just love the dress ,head band and the shoes wanting to make this beautiful outfit for my granddaughter who will be christening in April 2015 thank you for the pattern for the dress and the head band I would love to make the shoes to match but their is no pattern for the shoes could you please send the pattern for shoes Thank you kindly Linda. https://meetvirginiaandroo.blogspot.com/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop. I like to finish the dress off by top stitching around the base of the bodice (not shown). don't know if you ever want to do a tutorial on that but if you do i would love it. It is so good for the soul and the purse! oh, THAT'S how to gather! i’m starting to make clothes for our kids and this helped a lot for girls skirts. Redistribute the gathers if needed, or to get them the way you want. It also is security if one thread breaks. justwanting to know what type of sewing maching you use ? But that being said…….I still prefer the ease of the zig-zag on some knits. I learn something new all the time when it comes to sewing. Have fun in your sewing adventures. Now, looking at that basting stitch, you’ll see that there is the top thread and a bottom one at each end of your stitch. I’ve been wondering something about the whole gathering and ruffles thing. Yours is quickly becoming my favorite blog. I anchor the end of fishing line by making a lot of figure 8s around a straight pin, and pinning it securely to the edge of the strip to be gathered. Do you pull the thread out after you sew it down?? I can now do so many more projects!! I prewashed and it shrunk quit a bit for my taste…but when i sewed the cushion after cutting the pattern out, it seemed a little big. Is it necessary to use a ball-point needle when sewing knits? But the prices are pretty good and the site came highly recommended by several people. Thank You!!!!!! Agree with the answer about just using a *long* stitch, perhaps the longest (straight) stitch on your machine. Now, pin the gathered skirt to the bodice. Thanks for the tips! Like the 1 in i gave for seam allowance was too much. This post was VERY helpful. When I went to my first sewing class (since I didn’t take advantage of a mother who sewed EVERYTHING we wore), I was taught a quick technique for gathering which is really useful for waistbands and such. What I do is set my stitch length to as long as it will go and loosen the tension a TINY bit. What’s your experience like using elastic to gather? Follow the steps below to set your machine up for gathering stitches 1. I really appreciate the clarity in your posts and your willingness to (for lack of a better term) dumb things down for us. I can’t sew with knit. (though there are many techniques out there….) The if you’re attaching it to another piece of fabric, turn it over so that right sides are facing each other………. Just curious if you had any insight. I have been sewing for a very long time and the gathering tutorial is good but if you make two rows of the long basting stitch, one on the seam line and one about an eighth of an inch away in the seam allowance you can control the gathers much better.
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