This is not the way I’d teach you to gather fabric if you took my sewing class. This is not the way most authors would tell you how to gather fabric. But…if I have a long ruffle to gather, you can just about bet, this is how I will gather the fabric.
I’m showing you how I gather fabric with my computerized machine.
I find that using this method on my machine gathers my fabric to about 1/3 its original length. It is easy to tug it as tight as 1/6 the original length.
Easy, isn’t it? The most important step is still to come:
Do not forget to reset your thread tension to its usual setting.