If you are struggling to gather your fabric using traditional methods then this is for you. Gathering with cord using a zig-zag stitch is great for thick fabrics and difficult fabrics such as tulle.
What you will need –
- Thin cord such as crochet thread. Dental floss also works amazingly well on difficult fabrics due to its slippery nature.
- Sewing machine with a zig-zag function
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Gathering with Cord
Step 1: Zig-zag
Cut your cord at least 4 inches (10cm) longer than your fabric to be gathered.
Set your machine on a very wide zig-zag stitch. I like to use a width of 5.0 or 6.0 and a length of 3.0.
Leaving a tail of 2 inches (5cm), start zig-zagging over the floss.
Make sure you are stitching inside the seam allowance.
Be extra careful not to catch the cord in your stitches and not to pull too hard. You don’t want the floss pulling through the end stitches.
Leave a long tail at the end also.
Step 2: Pull the thread
Secure one end by winding the cord in a figure-8 around a pin.
Then gently pull the cord. Knot the other end and trim the threads. Distribute the gathers evenly.
Step 3: Stitch in place
To hold the gathers in place, stitch over them with a straight stitch, backstitching at either end. Then remove your cord.
If some of the cord has been caught up in your straight stitching don’t worry. It will be hidden in the seam allowance anyway.
TRY THIS TECHNIQUE ON: The Tutu Dress Sewing Pattern
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