Colette Sewing Handbook: Gathering Stitches
We’re going to be highlighting a few tips and tricks from the Colette Sewing Handbook this month! To kick it off, let’s start with gathering stitches. Take a look below to see the difference between two and three row basting.
Gathering is usually done with a basting stitch sewn on your machine. It can be done by hand but will take a good deal longer to do. To begin a basting row always back stitch after the first stitch. Backstitching at the beginning allows you to pull the thread at one end while it remains tacked at the other. Remember to pull from the bobbin thread which is less likely to break.
When there are more rows, the gathers have a chance to be more even and controlled. With the three rows of basting the stitching line went between the second and third stitches. This shouldn’t be done on delicate fabrics or loose weave fabrics because the holes from the basting may be permanent. When sewing gathers, be sure that they are face up and at a right angle to the sewing foot, not angling off toward you. This will keep the gathers straight.
Two Rows of Basting
Two rows of basting offers less control of the gathers. Note how large the ruffles are.
Three Rows of Basting
The three rows of basting has more control and smaller gathers.
Two Rows with a Band
Once sewn to a band, the fabric with two rows of basting have wide gathers and are relatively uneven.
Three Rows with a Band
With three rows the gathers are closer together and more evenly spaced.
What do you think? Would you use three rows over two? What tricks do you use when creating gathers on a garment?
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