Hi, I'm Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings. I blog about all things crafty, tasty, pretty and just plain life. I'm a devourer of young adult fiction (love Potter and Divergent), I am married to a super talented musician and I also run a handmade baby and toddler clothing shop on etsy called Rae Gun. Hopefully you'll stop by my blog and shop and see some of my latest adventures and maybe share some of your own at my What We Wore and Made Link party.
I am so excited to be apart of Megan's Summer of Skills. Today I want to share with you a really handy way to gather if you are working with a lot of of fabric or heavy fabric. Most of you who sew probably have been taught to gather by pulling basting stitches. To do it right and save you trouble in case one thread breaks you're usually told to do two rows of basting stitches and pull. That works like a charm for sleeves and other small pieces but when I'm doing a skirt I find that method to be a pain and I usually end up snapping both threads any ways.
What I do instead is zig zag over a piece of crochet thread and then just pull to gather. Since the crochet thread is thicker you don't have to worry about it breaking and you have tons of control so you can distribute the gathers much more evenly without worrying that everything will come undone.
First grab yourself some crochet thread. Set your sewing machine to a nice big zig zag I usually do 4 for the length and 5 for the width. What you want is a nice big zig zag that will go over the crochet thread without you having to be too careful.
Then lay the thread where you want the gathers and start to sew making sure not to have the needle touch the crochet thread and making sure you back stitch at the beginning and end. When you reach the end of what you need to gather cut the crochet thread leaving a long tail.
Then pull to gather. Tie or tack down the ends with a pin and distribute the gathers as desired.
I used this on tons of dresses for my nieces as well as for my quick and upcycled tank top dress shown above that has somewhat become my Summer uniform because they are so easy to make and comfy to wear especially when gathering like this. Here are some projects I've used this technique with but really anything with a lot of gathering like curtains, clothing, aprons, etc. would be a perfect project for this.
I hope you'll swing by and say hi to me at Rae Gun Ramblings and if you try it out I would love to see the results. Megan thanks so much for having me!