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How to gather fabric by hand sewing a running stitch.

Old 12-13-2011, 11:22 AM
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Post How to gather fabric by hand sewing a running stitch.

This is a quick and easy way to gather fabric by hand. Here are two other methods of gathering fabric: http://lovetosew.com/hand-gather.htm
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:41 AM
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It looks and works even better if you sew two closely parallel rows of stitching...makes for a much smoother gather. I learned how to do that for making doll clothes when I was 8.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the board.
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Ahh, another person who learned to sew by making doll clothes! I had a wonderful grandmother who taught me to handsew Barbie clothes somewhere between 6-7 years old. She was always doing some kind of handwork, and I followed in her footsteps for many years.

I still gather by hand on small items or on very special items (baptism gowns for example). I use two rows of long machine stitches on "regular" items. I do agree that the two rows keep the gathers from twisting and make it easier to have a lovely result.

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I always gather by machine and I always sew two rows of gathering stitches. I think that makes a nicer looking gathering line and the gathers are neater. I think it takes too much time to gather by hand, and I like the tiny gathers that the machine stitching makes.
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Agreed. Two lines of machine stitching really works. Now if I could only have a granddaughter to use those skills with again. My two girls had lots of ruffles when they were little.
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