Do you struggle gathering fabric? If so, you’re not alone and Sewing School is here to help.
While working through our latest test, Mabel Ruffle & Cowl Tunic, we explored the world of gathering. I had no idea how many different ways one could gather fabric. I’ve always abhorred gathering but as I tested these methods I began to appreciate the various techniques. We’ve come up with what we believe are the Top Three Gathering Techniques. The goal was to find the best ways to get a professional finish on a garment. While there are many ways to create a gather not all techniques are created equal.
Here are our results:
#1 The Traditional Technique
This technique was, by far, the best when it came to beautiful results. I can safely say that this will always be my main method of gathering. It’s worth every second of attention. There’s a reason it’s the proper…. it gives the best results!
#2 The Serger Technique
This technique is a great time saver and gave a fairly even gather.
#3 The Zig Zag Method
This technique was also a great time saver! While it’s a bit tedious I found it super fun.
We thought you might appreciate a tutorial and FREE downloadable PDFs for each of these techniques.
Here you go:
Here are you FREE PDFs: