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I am trying to gather a skirt with my 330 Bernina machine. I have the gathering foot on is there something else I need to add to the machine or adjustments to make to get it to gather?

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Here is a Bernina video showing how to use the Gathering Foot:

Gathering foot 16 for professional shirring and gathering BERNINA

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Why is my Bernina 440QE is "gathering" my stitches when I am just sewing fabric together. Aurifil top and bottom, and a 80/12 Micro Tex needle. The stitch is at 2.40, pressure at 47. Can you help?


The tensions on the machine may be too tight. You may need to loosen both, the upper tension and the bobbin tension. In addition, you may also try shortening the stitch length a bit.

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Oct 01, 2016 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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I am Lina van der Poel. The attachment to do gathering stich is something you attach to the machine underneath the needle that gather the material in small little pleats while stitching. I need the...


If you go on the manufacturers web site, you will possibly find the part number of the gathering foot and then you can Google it to find stockists who might post one to you.

Jan 28, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Bernina 1080 pleats the fabic of 1 layer on zig zag setting.I am trying to do the "cheats way " of gathering.Have adjusted the top tension ,changed thread/ needle.What can it be?


The fabric is tunneling? The pleat is forming the length of the line of stitches? http://crazylittleprojects.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Z4.jpg Loosen the upper thread tension and increase the presser foot pressure and/or choose a flat soled foot, not an embroidery foot and/or add paper or other stabilizer on top of the fabric.

Or if the stitches are gathering up as you sew, go with it... that's what you're going to be doing anyhow, right? You can increase the amount of gathering by parking your thumb or forefinger hard against the needle plate behind the presser foot and allowing the fabric to pile up--- this is called "crimping" or "ease plus" and is commonly used for easing princess seams or sleeve heads. If it eases too much, clip the seam threads here and there and pat the fabric back out a little flatter, till it fits.

PS: If you like Gutermann poly threads, check the prices for Mara 100 at Wawak.com or similar pro sites. At Joann Fabric prices, you get an $8 spool of thread for $2.50 or less. Good stuff.

May 18, 2014 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Need to gather a skirt to fit a dress bodice don't remember settings


hi, have the machine set at the longest straight stitch length, usually 4 or 5. Then sew 2 rows of stitches side by side without reversing at either end. remember to always pull the bobbin threads up to gather and not the top one.

Jan 22, 2014 | Singer Sewing Machines

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When i do gathers on my machine i use the largest sticth,but the gathers r hard to pull. y/


Stitch length of 4, loosen your top tension by half a number and always pull up the bobbin threads.

If you need to gather yards of fabric then get a gathering foot. Janome make one - it looks like this
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This foot is for creating soft gathers in lightweight fabrics. The underside of the foot is raised behind the needle and has a thick bar in front of the needle to gather the fabric. This works great to create the gathers as you sew. You can also gather and attach a ruffle onto a flat piece of fabric simultaneously, run the flat fabric through the top groove of the foot and the underneath fabric is gathered and stitched to the top piece, you need to keep the bottom piece feeding smoothly though so it takes practice to guide it evenly. Once mastered it is great to ruffle on valances and cushion frills.

Other option is use a ruffler foot, these will make a little ruffle every 12, 6 or 1 stitch so give a set result, and to obtain a more dramatic gather. They look like this.
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The arm of the foot with a C'shape sits over the needle bar of the machine so it is moved up and down to activate the device. The little blade at the front moves backwards at regular intervals forcing a "tuck" of fabric into the feed to be stitched. Again you can ruffle and stitch to straight fabric at once but it is an art to master.

The weight of the fabric you are gathering is obviously the key variable, ginghams and poplins are lightweight so gather easily but if you need to gather something heavy like cordoroy it is going to be a battle and threads may break. If so, stitch two lines of gathers and don't try to do long runs, you'll just break a thread and have to start over.

Another good way is to zig zag over a length of perle cotton, taking care not to actually stitch the pearle at all. You can then gather up the fabric along it, this works well for heavier weights.

Oct 22, 2011 | Janome Memory Craft 9000 Computerized...

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Does the XL 3200 have a gathering stitch?


You will need a gathering foot, a shirring foot or a ruffler - http://www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk/sewing_machine_info/video/sewing-machine-feet.php

You can however, gather without these accessories.

Lay crochet thread down the line you want to gather and zig-zag over it anchoring one end and then pull up the gathers.

Another method is to make long stitches and pull the thread to gather.

Make a sample with the same fabric you will be gathering to see which technique works best for you.

Mar 04, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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I have an Elna 5000 computer class 500 sewing machine and would like to know how to use the gathering foot?


I could not find the foot for your machine, but did find this site with many videos - http://www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk/sewing_machine_info/video/45/gathering-foot-plastic.html

Check the shirring foot as well as the gathering foot. Maybe one will be of help.

Mar 03, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Thread jams


Hi! I've had this happen to me many times and it is so very frustrating! First, take the bobbin out and also the bobbin assembly and clean the entire area of all lint, fuzz, little bits of thread....get it as clean as you can. Take out the upper thread too. Clean and oil. Change the needle. Make sure you're using the appropriate size and type of needle and thread for the fabric. Take off the needle plate and look for any nicks or scratches. If you've got them, you can get emery cloth from a good hardware store (often in the plumbing department) and polish them out (or mostly out).

Rethread the machine, carefully following the instruction manual. Use your basic, normal settings. Using a scrap of the fabric you're trying to gather, sew a seam and see if everything works ok. You may need to hold the top and bobbin thread firmly behind the needle as you sew the first few stitches (I find this little trick helps a lot to prevent birdsnests).

To gather, sew three parallel lines of long, basting stitches (you really don't need a special foot or special settings other than to make the stitch a long one). Don't backstitch, reverse, or lockstitch either end, and leave the thread long when you cut it. Pull the three bobbin threads and the fabric with gather nicely along them.

Something to keep in mind--if you're trying to gather very sheer fabric on a zigzag machine, you may need to replace the throat plate with the zigzag hole for a throat plate with a single, small hole for a straight stitch. I've run into this situation before, and ended up using one of my antique straight-stitch only machines to do the gathering.

If you don't have a throat plate with the single hole, you might try some light weight interfacing to give some density to the sheet fabric.


Hope this helps!

Jan 31, 2010 | Euro-Pro Sewing Machines

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Gathering foot Not Gathering.


check the amount of pressure on foot, it might be too much for the type of material, that sometimes makes it gather

Jan 20, 2008 | Brother 1034D Mechanical Sewing Machine

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