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From: Bruna
Date: 02-24-2007, 01:57 AM (1 of 10)
Hi everyone,
Here's a tip for gathering, I hope it hasn't already been posted. Set your machine on the largest stitch length and the largest zigzag and sew over dental floss. It's strong and the fabric slides very easily. I've used it on wide wale corduroy and it works wonderfully. You'll all have to have dental floss in your sewing kit!
Regards, Bruna
User: Bruna
Member since: 02-19-2007
Total posts: 42
From: llsunday
Date: 02-24-2007, 09:48 AM (2 of 10)
Great tip! I haven't tried it yet myself but I have recently begun a pattern requiring gathering & I am using a heavy fabric. Good to know it will work!
User: llsunday
Member since: 09-26-2004
Total posts: 16
From: lizzybugsmommy
Date: 02-24-2007, 10:30 AM (3 of 10)
I do the same thing only I use fishingline. It sets nicely between the gap on the front of my foot.
Catherine lb_pml&cb=PW

Husbands gone fishing..... I've gone fabric shopping
User: lizzybugsmommy
Member since: 05-20-2006
Total posts: 207
From: ohiodeb
Date: 02-24-2007, 11:35 AM (4 of 10)
When we changed to the floss picks I put all the dental floss from dental visits in the sewing room. It works wonderfully for gathering and is pulled out easily. I also use cotton crochet thread.
User: ohiodeb
Member since: 01-07-2007
Total posts: 9
From: lendube
Date: 02-24-2007, 12:22 PM (5 of 10)
Seems so logical, doesn't it? Never thought of it though.

Thanks so much, Bruna.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: smessier
Date: 02-24-2007, 12:42 PM (6 of 10)
Thanks for the tip! It seems so simple, wish I'd thought of it a long time ago!!:bluewink:

User: smessier
Member since: 09-03-2004
Total posts: 114
From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 02-24-2007, 07:30 PM (7 of 10)
Great tip!

Dental floss cutters are also great for taking on planes to cut thread lengths.
User: GreenDragonLady
Member since: 07-29-2004
Total posts: 495
From: Sews4kate
Date: 02-26-2007, 11:15 AM (8 of 10)
I figured that out by accident once when I didn't have any cord or fishing line to use. I thought I was brilliant, then found that other people have been doing it too LOL!
User: Sews4kate
Member since: 08-20-2005
Total posts: 182
From: paroper
Date: 02-26-2007, 09:36 PM (9 of 10)
I use 2 lb test fishing line. It isn't a whole lot heavier than monofiliment thread and it is clear.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: Maya
Date: 03-17-2007, 12:48 PM (10 of 10)
Embroidery floss also works good in gathering, however, you need to use 3-6 strands.
User: Maya
Member since: 02-17-2007
Total posts: 7
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