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How to use Dental Floss for Gathering
Have you struggled trying to get nice, even gathers on a garment or pillow?
I have the best ‘cheat’ using something you wouldn’t usually have in your sewing box – dental floss!
It’s pretty easy. Dental floss is nice and strong, but not too thick.
1. Draw a line for seam allowance.
First, I like to draw a line on my fabric for my seam allowance, that way I stay within that line.
2. Lay the floss centered under the needle.
Take it to your machine and put your fabric under the needle within the seam allowance. Lay the floss centered under the needle. I set my zigzag to 5mm wide and 5mm long, that way it’s not too tight and it’s very visible.
3. Back stitch both ends.
Do a back stitch at both ends to secure. Take it back over to your table and it will look like this.
4. Hold the floss and pull.
Then hold one end of the floss, and pull, gathering your fabric as loosely or as tightly as you prefer.
5. Make it as even as you can.
Take your time and make them as even as you can. Then take it back to your machine, and run a stitch line just under your zigzag.
6. Remove the floss.
Snip the floss and remove! You’re ready to sew the neat gathered fabric into whatever you wish. Mine became a skirt!
So, tell me – will you add dental floss to your sewing kit now?
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