Sewing Tips for Gathering
Easy Sewing Tips for Gathering Lace Trim
Gathered lace trim is recognizable by its ruffled, scalloped appearance that is held together by a single, straight band. It is very simple to stitch.
Easy sewing tips for gathering - Most hand-made and some machine-made lace edgings have a heavy thread running along the straight edge. The thread can then be inserted into a needlepoint to pull up gathers.
A fully ruffled gathered lace trim can allow two and a half to three times the finished length.
- When gathering the lace trim using a machine, set the machine for a long stitch and loosen the top tension a little. This can be done as long as the lace trim does not have a heavy thread.
- Wide lace edgings require two rows of stitching along the straight edge, and narrow lace edgings require a single row of stitching.
- If a gathered lace trim is being applied to the surface of a fabric, such as around the edges of a pillow, it is best to baste the lace in a stiff position and work a very fine zigzag stitch along the lace’s edge.
Gathered lace can be stitched onto many different accessories.