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We set the date!

2011 March 12
by elizabeth_admin

Great news everyone:  My ex-boyfriend and I are back together and we’re getting married!  Yes, you read that right, the gathering foot and I are back together and planning our wedding.  😉


I bet you’re all wondering what precipitated this reversal of fortune for the two of us.  Well, as most women are wont to do, I gave him one more chance and he came through.  It took a little coaxing on my part, but we suddenly just clicked and he started gathering beautifully!  I mean it.  See for yourself…


Don’t you agree?  Isn’t that a fabulous ruffle?  The gathers are so even and graceful.  My method was really simple but it took a little trial and error.  First, I increased the thread tension to as high as it would go, which on my machine is 9.  Then I increased my stitch length to the basting length, again, on my machine that was 4.5.  The last thing that took my gathering to the ruffle heights you see above?  Well, that was crowding the needle.  As the fabric was stitched, I pushed the already stitched fabric forward from behind the presser foot towards my body so that it scrunched up behind the needle.   This was the most important part of creating the perfect and even gathers you evidenced above. 

One interesting thing to note is that those three steps are not mentioned at all in my sewing machine manual.  Not one of them.  Seems a little remiss, does it not???

Unfortunately, I am almost ashamed to admit this next bit though.  I did not use my now fiancé to gather the bottom ruffle for Katie’s dress.  I know, I know.  You can’t believe it.  I can’t either quite frankly.  The problem with those perfect gathers though, is that the gather Iwas able to make had a 2:1 ratio.  In other words, I started with a 24 inch strip which, once gathered, became a 12 inch ruffle.  Great right?  Yes, it is great, but I had already cut out my strips for the ruffle and only anticipated only a 1.5:1 ratio.  I needed to end up with a 20.5 ruffle so I had cut out a 31 inch strip.  I didn’t feel like wasting more fabric, so I just gathered the old school way with two lines of basting stitches.  Although now that I am typing this, I might just recut those strips to 42 inches so I can have the easy and even gathers made by fiancé.  Hmmm…  It wouldn’t take long at all.  May as well do it. 

Katie’s dress is coming along nicely.  As you have probably deduced from my ruffle picture, I decided to use some of the navy fabric for her dress.  I just loved the contrast of the dark solid color with the light floral.  I can’t wait to show it to you.

Happy gathering everyone!  I hope you find your true love too.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Mimi permalink
    March 12, 2011

    Congratulations! Flesh and blood boyfriends come and go, but a metal one is forever. May you enjoy many happy years together. You are off to a good start with a fantastic gathering piece.

  2. Mimi permalink
    March 12, 2011

    Congratulations! Flesh and blood boyfriends come and go, but a metal one is forever. You two are off to a great start with a fantastic gathering project. May you grow old and rust free together.

  3. Mimi permalink
    March 12, 2011

    Problem with my computer caused two comments to appear. I meant to post only one!

  4. March 12, 2011

    Of course I wish you the very best, but girl be careful (lol).

  5. March 14, 2011

    Congrats! I have to do the first two steps (increasing tension to the max and lengthening the stitch, in my case to 5.0) but do not have to to the crowding. But every machine’s different!

  6. March 15, 2011

    I love my gathering foot too — although we’ve yet to make it official. We wish you many happy years together 🙂

  7. March 18, 2011

    I had to read this post twice — I almost congratulated you on your wedding! I’m learning how to get to know my (serger’s) gathering foot too. I don’t have one yet for my sewing machine, but definitely plan on getting one soon.

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