i have always hated gathering fabric for dresses, aprons, bags etc. you know what i am talking about...baste two rows on a stitch length of 4 across the top of a piece of fabric that seems like it is a mile long, and then pull the end of one of the threads, then it breaks & you have to start over. well, check this out!
1. have your fabric ready & i use a thin cotton cording
2. set your machine on a wide zig-zag stitch. line up the cording with the gap in a standard presser foot
3. start stitching the zigzag over the cording. be sure that the cording stays in the "gap" of the presser foot and not to catch the cording with the needle.
4. drum roll please.......hold the fabric & give the string a tug!
seriously. that is it. this method is "sew" much easier than using the basing stitch & trying to pull the gathers with a thread. try it next time!
sew after 25+ years of sewing i have just recently come across a little gem the makes threading ribbon a cinch! if you are like me you have always used a safety pin attached to the elastic, ribbon, or string that you want to run though your projects, but not for me anymore...no more pin coming undone halfway through your casing to poke you in the finger...bodkin to the rescue!
i am sure that this little device has been around for ever, but i am really excited to use it for the first time. it is quite self explanatory but while i was hanging out with my grandma vi this weekend i decided to take some very poor quality photos of my project that i was working on so you can see just how the bodkin works.
thanks for reading! ~stacy