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  •  If you're not totally wedded to having it (12+ / 0-)

    perfectly gathered, there's a few tricks you can try.

    I always used to divide it in half, mark that with pins, and then half again, mark that with pins, then do the same with the garment, then pin at the marked places, then either do short sections with big basting stitches and leave the needle on the thread (take a big basting stitch near the bottom of the ruffle to anchor the needle and let it hang), pin and machine stitch, then cut off the knot on the basting stitch, pull out the nicely threaded needle and do the next part.

    Sometimes, if I wasn't too worried about getting the gathers really nice, I'd just pin the hell out of it and do the gathers on the machine.

    You can also do a machine basting stitch, and use that to do gathers. It's harder to get out, but it can be easier than doing hand basting, especially for something long.

    It doesn't always save much time, but I hated hand sewing.

    •  Sometimes I use your technique (10+ / 0-)

      but, when it comes to garments, I still use the technique dear, dear Miss Marie Tavcar taught us in 8th grade Home Ec! LOL. Nearly 50 years later I still do it the same. I seam the ruffle and mark it at the quarter points. I run 2 parallel rows of long machine stitches about 1/4" apart from point to point with each one having its own start and finish. Loosening the upper thread tension makes the gathering so much easier, I just have to remember to set it back before I sew anything else, LOL. I do the actual seam between the two rows and that keeps pinching to the bare minimum.

      I mark the nightgown, mark both again for eighths, get a fresh glass of iced tea, turn on the boob tube and sit down with my pins and get on with it.  I'm just getting to that point where my hands begin to cramp after a while and I have to stop. I must have 5 or 6 variations of a gathering foot but none of them do it for me.

      I've used the technique of doing a narrow zig zag, with looser tension,  over some hand quilting thread but it can be a bit difficult to work with if you get your thread caught in the zig zag.

      One of my quilting buddies once asked me why I did all that fussing when no one but me would see it. I told her I do it exactly because I'm going to put it on my own body and wear it. With all the effort I put into garments and quilts I make for others, why would I give myself anything less than my best. I deserve it. She was a bit surprised but then agreed with me.  :->

      I also have the time to do all the fussy stuff. It's just me and the pooties so if I don't get the dusting done, oh well, LOL.

      Peace.

      "When injustice becomes law, defiance becomes duty." Bill Moyers

      by Ninepatch on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 03:28:04 PM PDT

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