Single layer gathering foot

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Is it possible to gather material without placing a flat piece of fabric on  
top of it?  If you had some stretched out boxer shorts that the elastic was  
tired and wanted to tighten them up, why not install a gathering foot,  
adjust stitch length up and thread tension up, then trace over the  
waistband?

You would need strong thread and could only sew in the forward direction,  
but it should accomplish the task.

And yes, I know I need new underwear.  



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Well, as for new undies - you know your budget best, so it is not for us to  
judge. ;-) But as for the plan of gathering the tired elastic - why don't  
you rip the old ones out and make a proper tunnel, then insert a new one? I  
mean - why throw the undies away if the fabric is still good and only the  
elastic is failing? If, of course, the fabric is wearing thin, too, you'd  
better not waste any time and energy into that project but go and get some  
new ones. Unless you are so broke, of course, that you can't even afford the  
cheapest ones (BTDT, so please don't take my comment for a sneer), in which  
case you might try the technique you mentioned in the first place (which  
doesn't sound very promising to me, though).

U.
  


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Well, I planned on just making miniature pleats(gathering) in order to  
reduce the size and just do away with any elastic properties.  But a  
gathering foot will only let me make a straight line of stitches ~1/4" from  
the edge of the upper fabric.

New undies are on my list, but I'm trying to learn the technology involved  
in operating a sewing machine.  I have purchased a bundle of 1" elastic, but  
even that would require prestretching to simply tack it onto the surface.

I'm not broke but don't want a class at a sewing store or a 17 week  
continuing education class.  I am therefore failing strategically as I  
figure stuff out.  Should have spent some time in my mom's workroom.  


Re: Single layer gathering foot
On 12/6/2013 5:01 PM, Stumpy wrote:
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Make a circle of your elastic, stitch the ends together (be sure you  
don't turn it into a Moebius strip), mark it in quarters with pins.  Now  
take the undies, tear off the worn elastic, mark the quarters, and take  
it and the elastic to the sewing machine.

Match one pin in the elastic to one pin on the top of the undies, put  
sewing machine needle (threaded) down and lower presser foot.  Hold the  
elastic and undies behind the needle firmly with your left hand.  With  
your right hand, find the next pair of pins and pin the two pieces  
together there, then stretch them until the elastic is the same length  
as the underwear quarter.  Carefully start the machine and let it pull  
the fabric and elastic through the needle while you maintain tension on  
it behind and in front of the needle.

I hope this is understandable.  This may help.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1ZD88zs6eU


Undies with no elastic are not wearable.  They keep finding your ankles.  
  If money is a problem, check thrift stores and yard sales for packets  
of unopened elastic.
--  
Joanne
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No, no, money is not the problem.  Will really buy some new ones next time  
at the store.  I bought a sewing machine to make some things and to fix some  
things.  The knees on some long pants, and ready to retire boxers are all  
that needs fixing.

That was a useful video.  Thanks.   I'll use technique #2 @~3 minutes, but  
don't need to encase the elastic.

Could save some time and just do a couple of short elastic portions on each  
side instead of all around the waistband.  


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On 12/7/2013 4:41 PM, Stumpy wrote:
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May I suggest that if you want to learn how to make or fix something you  
learn to do it the correct way. Then you will have that skill down after  
a little practice and never have to unlearn a bad habit. If you want to  
continue sewing for yourself or someone else or mend something you'll  
see that Joann explained a very basic technique that you can carry over  
and use  again and again. nothing like learning it correctly the first time.

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Seconded!!!  


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Got it.  I found the video useful, and was just thinking out loud about some  
shortcuts.  That's a bad habit of mine - I seldom follow a recipe without  
doing something differently.

I've already got plenty of bad habits.  


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On 12/7/2013 9:42 PM, Stumpy wrote:
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As we all do! I know from experience. that when it comes to sewing it's  
just easier to learn to do it the right way, then after you have more  
experience you'll learn how and where you can do the short cuts.
Juno

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On 12/7/2013 7:50 PM, Juno wrote:
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If you're going to put in the time and effort to do it, you'll be more  
satisfied if your end product is usable.  I have a long history of  
"doing it my way" and lots of regrets for hours of work only to have  
something turn out completely unsuitable.  Profit from my experience.  
If it's worth doing at all, it's worth doing right.

Not that there aren't times for playing around, exploring the  
possibilities, trying out new techniques and trying to improve on them.  
  Just be sure that you're not invested in the outcome in those instances.
--  
Joanne
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