Although you rarely gather fabric quilting, sometimes you want a ruffle around your quilt or pillow.
i learned that the worst thing when gathering is a broken thread. I learned to zig zag over a length of dental floss! Just make sure your zigs and zag don't go into the floss. I set my zig zag at about a 3 width and a middle to long stitch length. Pull out the floss as you go seems to be easiest. When you gather, it slides easily and doesn't break!
I also mark my fabric in half and quarters before I sew and gather so I get it evenly gathered.
What a great suggestion! I will definitely try that.
Judi, thank you for this great tip. I will try it for a pillow I made.
this is a great tip. It will make it so much easier to get a good gather.
Thank you for the tip. As a newbie every tip helps. I will definitely keep it in mind and try. I would never think dental floss could be used . Thanks again.
This is a great tip. Thanks
Nana, So glad to see you on here it seems like its been forever and I have missed you!!!
Judi, thanks for the tip! I am about to put a ruffle on a baby quilt but have been procrastinating for that reason. I will try it now. Susan
Great tip, I just did a ruffle on a large mug rug, but I just basted using two seams about 1/8 in . apart. That way if one thread breaks, I have another one to continue to gather. But maybe your way I wouldn't need two basted seams, I will try this, Thank you so much!
the zig zag over threads is a great way to make long ruffles. but if you do make a lot or ever need to decorate with pleats, y'all might want to indulge yourself with the ruffle attachment foot. may I just say quicker than anything ever. no worry about breaking threads or pulling even it is all done automatic. here is a video on what these monsters look like and how they work. I have been using them since around 1962. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qc3gJS9nQY