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The Wanderer wrote:
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And a bugger to clean!
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All three of mine work perfectly.  You do need to remember that they are
for light weight fabrics.
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Elastic foot.  Bought years ago and never used...

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Re: Gathering on machine or serger
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Depends on how much gather you want.  On a serger, try setting the differential
feed all the way to "gather" and see if that's enough for you.  If not,
it's only a couple minutes work to run a tapestry needle threaded with
something strongish through the serger stitches and gather it a bit more.

On a sewing machine, try just setting it for a long, straight stitch.
Now park your left thumb firmly behind the presser foot and start stitching,
letting the fabric pile up against your thumb.  When it gets too thick,
let loose, park your thumb again and continue.  (This is called "crimping"
or "ease plus stitching" and is a handy way to prepare a set-in sleeve cap,
among other uses.)

If you don't mind a little thread pulling, and your machine will take a
double needle, thread up for a double needle straight stitch.  Lay a
strong thread under the center of the presser foot, back to front of the
machine, and lay the fabric over the top.  Stitch, keeping the strong thread
centered.  You'll get two lines of straight stitching on top, zigzag on
the back, and the stronger thread under the zigzag stitches.  Pull it to
gather.

Or you can zigzag over a strong thread or
cord (a multi-hole cord foot makes this very easy).
Pull the cord to gather.

Or you can straight stitch with a long stitch length and elastic thread
wound on the bobbin by hand.

Me, if it'll possibly work for my project, I'll use either the serger
differential or crimping -- mostly depending on what machine I've got in
front of me.

There are also rufflers and gathering feet available -- have never felt
the need to own either.

Kay




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Thank you all sooooo much. I have pasted and copied everything onto a
printout to hang by my machine.


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Uh, duh, and last night I also forgot to mention the sort of ruffles that
don't need gathering, semi-circular.  These are segments of a circle,
sewn together.  Because the outside edge is larger than the inside,
you get fullness without any bulk where the ruffle joins the
main body of the garment.

They do look different and hang differently from gathered-on-the-straight-
of-grain ruffles.  

Some photos of some used on sleeves:
http://www.dawnandersondesigns.com/patterns/201_Rococo_Blouse.htm
and on a skirt:
http://www.risacher.org/misc/skirt.html
and a diagram comparing a circular ruffle vs. a gathered one on a
skirt, with instructions:
http://www.costumegoddess.com/mermaid.htm

They also look interesting when attached vertically to something like a
shirt front -- I think more graceful than the usual shirt ruffle.

If you're interesting in this sort of thing, I highly recommend Colette
Wolff's book, Art of Fabric Manipulation... often found in libraries.
I believe it's OP at present, alas.   Good stuff.

Kay




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 maybe not. i've seen it in Border's within the past week.
i bought my copy when it first came out & i *love* it. one of
my more useful fun purchases (i design stuffed animals. this
has helped improve my construction immensely)

lee
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Re: Gathering on machine or serger
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Ditto about the book.  And I've used many of Colette Wolff's stuffed
animal and cloth doll patterns, along with her technique booklet about
stuffing.  Everything she does is top notch, IMO.

Doreen in Alabama

Re: Gathering on machine or serger
You can also adjust the tension so the cloth will gather as you sew.  You
can do this with both the SM and the serger.  Just practice first with
scraps.
Barbara in Central FL
Land of the Killer tornadoes



Serger and Sewing Machine Feet instructions, was Re: Gathering on machine or serger
Courtesy of Singer -- some even with video clips:
http://www.singerco.com/support/presser_help.html

Also good to look through:
http://www.singerco.com/resources/stitch_ref.html
http://www.singerco.com/resources/operation_basics.html

Though the site is Singer-centric, similar feet are available for most
manufacturer's machines (and there are also a lot of generic feet
available).  Don't worry if the feet you own don't quite match the
ones shown.

Kay



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