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Sewing Tips: Gathering


Sewing Tip for Gathering by Carrie Atkeson, Phoenix, AZ

When sewing a project that includes a lot of gathering, use clear elastic together instead of the standard basting stitches. If you divide the area you need to gather into quarters or eighths and mark these places, then make the elastic an inch larger than the finished gather is supposed to be. Divide and mark the elastic in the same sections as the material, match these marks and pin. Stretch the elastic to fit the material and sew. When you are finished, the gathering will be done.

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