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Step 2: sewing

Set your machine to a long stitch length - anywhere from 3 to 4. Make sure you have long tails on the thread in the machine.

Sew one straight line 1/8 inch from the edge of the fabric. Don't backstitch at the beginning or end and make sure to stop sewing right at the edge of the fabric so you don't get any knots.

Then sew another line another 1/8 inch in from the line you just finished.

Leaving long lengths (3-4 inches at least!) of thread at both ends of the fabric is vital to your success here, as well!
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!
<p>@HollyMann do you still do the double row?</p>
<p>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!</p>
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... <br> <br>Ha, just kidding. This is really clever.
Oh so that's what gathering fabric means! I remember seeing this similar technique for ruffled streamers in a paper crafting forums- very cute!
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!

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