CLASSIC GATHERING METHOD:
|Above photo shows 2 rows of stitching.|
Tips for gathering: When using a heavier fabric stitch 3+ rows to prevent thread breakage.
|I love using this method when gathering tulle and heavier fabrics.|
Set your sewing machine to the widest and longest zig zag stitch you have. You will also need a thicker string/rope. Place the string so it is lined up with the center of your presser foot(see photo above). Stitch the fabric you are gathering making sure the string stays lined up with the center of your presser foot.
Your stitches should look like this when you are done, the string being in the middle of the stitches. NOTE: There is no need to leave a long tail of thread when using this method. However, you must leave a tail of string 4-6" long for gathering