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Stitching wants to gather. Tried making stitches shorter and longer still gathers

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Sounds like machine is not threaded correctly or need upper tension adjusted. These adjustments can be shown to you by a repair tech.
May have something stuck in Bobbin case tensioner?

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Kelly
San Diego, CA

Posted on Jun 16, 2014

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SOURCE: Stitching keeps gathering while I'm sewing

#1 cause of puckering is a tension/threading problem. Make sure the thread/needle matches the fabric type too.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012

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Usually, I like to set the upper tension looser so the upper thread shows on the bottom of the fabric. Set the straight stitch length to very long. Stitch two lines of stitching about 1/4" apart on the fabric.

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Set the stitch length to the maximum, ie 4 or higher depending on your machine. The other important thing is to loosen the upper tension as far as it will go, ie 0 or whatever. Sew with a straight stitch and sew two parallel lines of stitching about 1/2" to 1" apart.

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I have the singer 7442 and i cannot figure out how to get the baste stitch for gathering material on a flower girls dress. I've tried everything and there's nothing in the manual, can you help with this?...


Normally to gather fabric, you select the regular straight stitch, turn the stitch length up to maximum (4 or 5 usually), and stitch two rows of stitches, one at 10mm from edge and one at 20mm from edge.

Then gather by pulling the bobbin threads (underneath ones) from each end to gather the fabric. If doing lengths of more than 1 metre, then stop, leave long thread tails, and start a fresh length of gathering threads to avoid gathering long lengths of thread which might break on you.

If your machine has a basting stitch it might look like " .___.___.___" on the dial however, I've never been that happy with machine basting for things like attaching slippery fabric to underlining, I've always done it with needle and thread to keep the two layers matching and not stretching/slipping. For example, stitching a piece of chiffon to a underlayer of satin, even pinning carefully, these two fabrics will slip under the machine foot so I'd always do it by hand.

If you have masses of fabric to gather, sometimes what is quicker is doing a large wide zig zag over a length of perle cotton (heavier than thread) at the 15mm seam, don't let the needle pierce the cotton though. Then you can gather the fabric along the perle cotton.

Sewing machine instruction manual often assumes a knowledge of sewing techniques that you may not yet have. I have the Vogue Book of Sewing on my shelf and refer to it often. Or Singer do a good range of sewing books too, its worth investing in a good reference book.

I also love www.patternreview.com, this is such an awesome website for dressmakers/sewing enthusiasts and you will find loads of helpful tips here.

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