Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gathering Foot How-To

Brother SA120 Low Shank Screw-On Gathering Foot All Metal for Gathering Single Layer or Ruffling  
I was over at Amazon and saw a need for a how-to for the gathering foot.  I left a comment and thought I would post here, too.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown to using the gathering foot:

1. set your machine to straight stitches. 
2. bring the needle to the far left needle position. 
3. set the thread tension on high and to the longest stitch length. 
4. sew slowly and leave a few inches of bobbin thread in case you need to adjust your gathers.

In the case of gathering one piece of fabric while sewing it to another piece: 
The bottom layer will gather. So with right sides facing, lay your longer piece of fabric (to be gathered) on the bottom and the main fabric on top. Sew in the same manner as if you were gathering one piece of fabric.

Hope this helps.
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