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Gathering fabric is really simple on a sewing machine! Much easier than doing it by hand with a running stitch, and also easier to control.

I guarantee you'll know how to gather fabric in no time! :D

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
  • a sewing machine
  • a piece of fabric
  • a ruler (if you're wanting to gather it to a certain size)
You can do this on any sewing machine because all you need is a straight stitch! I am using my slightly terrible Brother than I have worked nearly to death. You will notice the tension is not quite right in the photos.

At the beginning of this year it decided it didn't want to do much of anything right, especially when it involves sewing through a single sheet of fabric. ;)
 
SeraP11 month ago

Hey thank you for this! I've been having trouble with my string breaking and not gathering properly as I attempt to gather but if I have 2 parallel lines I feel like it will be a lot easier!

seamster2 years ago
I had no idea this was how it was done. I usually just wander around for a while and put the stuff I like in my cart...

Ha, just kidding. This is really clever.
SHIFT!2 years ago
Oh so that's what gathering fabric means! I remember seeing this similar technique for ruffled streamers in a paper crafting forums- very cute!
HollyMann2 years ago
I just have one question - do you increase the tension? I usually to do to a 8-9 depending on how much I want it gathered and it tends to gather it for me so I don't have to do as much manipulating with the threads. Either way works fine!
HollyMann2 years ago
Jessy - Love this instructable and LOVE your sewing machine! I have the same one - it's the best!!!
I am frequently called upon to make doll dresses and repair childrens' clothes, and this will be very useful! I share this, although it will appear to be at odds with the image my gruff demeanor and bushy mustache project. Thank you!