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From: Kitty3
Date: 08-15-2005, 04:48 AM (1 of 6)
Hello, I have been kind'a reading over everyones shoulder for a while. So thought I would join and ask a question. The tops I see young girls wear that are gathered at the top with rows of elastic thread, does anyone know how to do that? If someone does, also let me know what kind of materials I would need to do it. Thanks so much, Kitty3
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Member since: 08-13-2005
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 08-15-2005, 09:45 AM (2 of 6)
Hello Kitty,
Welcome to Sew Whats New. Glad you have decided to jump in and ask a question. We have lots of people here who can help you out.
To get the gathered look, you use sewing elastic in your bobbin. It is very thin and can be found at your local sewing store. Then you sew lines going across the fabric with the elastic on the underside.
You would have to read your owners manual to see how your machine would handle the doing this.
I know some ladies have done this as there have been other threads on this subject.

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From: paroper
Date: 08-15-2005, 03:56 PM (3 of 6)
I've been waiting for someone with more experience on this topic that I. However, you hand wind the bobbin. When you are through you use your iron to steam the elastic and it will draw back even smaller.

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From: Kitty3
Date: 08-15-2005, 04:54 PM (4 of 6)
Thanks ladies. I will be giving this a try this weekend. I'll let you know how this goes. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Kitty3
User: Kitty3
Member since: 08-13-2005
Total posts: 17
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-15-2005, 06:45 PM (5 of 6)
When you sew the rows make sure you tie off the threads after you finish .
Then when all your rows are done, get the steam iron out and using steam , hold the iron about 1 or 2 inches from the fabric and steam the area very well. This makes the elastic draw up (it stretched as you sewed) and so it gathers the fabric.. I have done this a lot over the years for babies and little girls.. The elastic thread comes on a cardboard spool about 4 or 5 inches long. On the notions wall in the fabric shop.. I wind mine at very slow speed on the machine.. I cannot get it to stay on the bobbin if I try it by hand.. Remember, Don't touch the elastic with the iron.. Keep the iron in the air..
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From: Kitty3
Date: 08-16-2005, 03:31 PM (6 of 6)
Will do and thanks. I can not wait to give this a try.
User: Kitty3
Member since: 08-13-2005
Total posts: 17
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