Gathering knits

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Gathering knits
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 9:13am

Any tips? I'm working with a light weight knit with 1 way stretch. Method of using 2 rows of long stitches to gather is bunching up. Tried sewing over cord, that was even worse - had a raised line that looked like a snake! Should I try gathering on my serger? I've used serger to gather yards of fabric for ruffles, but not sure how to do just a section on the sleeve.

Jacquie

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 3:36am

Don't know if this is any help at all but...

Keeping Gathers Gathered while sewing:
http://sewchic.blogspot.com/2009/07/quick-tip-keeping-gathers-from.html



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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 10:44am

I think it's something about the nature of knits that makes it hard to pull the threads through the same as with a woven. I solved the problem by not using the basting stitch on my machine (made the needle thread way too loose) and just lengthening the stitch to max. Then I gather tight and gradually worked out the fullness to fit.

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Sat, 07-11-2009 - 11:20am

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Thu, 07-16-2009 - 1:55pm

I finally mastered settings on my overlock. It has a memory feature, so I programmed the knit stitch with a really big differential feed ratio. When I did the sleeves I used the automatic stitch up to the notch where gathering would start, then just switched to memory, then back to auto at 2nd notch. Looks much better.

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Mon, 10-26-2009 - 4:38am

Here's a video --- not necessarily for knits but...

Sewing Gathers:
http://sewmuchado.blogspot.com/2009/10/guest-blogger-gorgeous-gathers-tutorial.html



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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 10:56am

Gathering and ruffles made easy:
http://sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/360-gathering-made-easy

In step 5, there is an error. The bobbin thread must be the one pulled as that's the thread that doesn't go through the fabric. The bobbin thread can be pulled because it lays on the fabric, with the needle thread looped around it. The needle thread can't be pulled because it goes through the fabric. And loosening the top tension slightly (so you can feel a bump in the stitching on the bobbin side) will help the bobbin thread to gather.

And I find it easier to pull the bobbin thread from both ends, gathering toward the middle of the fabric. It's easier to even out the gathers because you only have half the fabric width to work with.

Chris

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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 11:15am
Thanks for catching that, Chris!



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