My Mom taught me this trick. It's great for when you're gathering a skirt into a waistband, or a ruffle into a skirt, or a sleeve into a cuff. The gathers come out very even, with less effort.

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    Oct 29, 2011, 04.31 PMby Ruth Meiland

    Thanks!! this is great!! will try it out soon!

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    Jun 9, 2009, 09.31 PMby twiggychic3

    learned this from my momma too. mothers are so useful hehehe!

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    Mar 12, 2009, 01.27 PMby magnificent

    Thanks for the GREAT tip! I can’t wait to try it on the sundress I’m making my daughter!

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    Jan 30, 2009, 03.35 AMby christinesarah

    Thanks so much – now my skirts will look so much neater and even!

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    Oct 16, 2008, 11.55 AMby freehold

    Just like jenshepard, I’m also a novice. Found this technique very helpful, I am sure I have been taught it before by my late Grandmother…. sorry Gran!!! But this stuff is all making much more sense with pictorial aids. Thanks.

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    Aug 18, 2008, 02.34 PMby jenshepard

    Thank you so much! I am a novice sewer, and this was very helpful!

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    Jul 29, 2008, 06.10 AMby pippinsworkshop

    wow, i use the same technique for attaching fabric to elastic and never even thought to use it to make gathering much simpler. Thanks :)

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    Apr 7, 2008, 07.35 PMby mark13

    i love this trick – thank you

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    Feb 2, 2008, 11.19 AMby rosalia856

    I know that I was taught this many moons ago,but it was great to have a refresher course. Thanks

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    Jan 20, 2008, 02.23 AMby porxxxvida

    Wow!!! This technique is so simple, yet so ingenious!

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    Jan 10, 2008, 01.14 AMby shechosedown

    This is great. I have a tendency to do uneven gathering, but I always hope people just don’t really notice. This will really help.

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    Oct 21, 2007, 03.45 PMby kaissa

    Thank you so much for this! My first attempt at gathering was miserable – I had no idea what I was doing. This helps me so much!

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    Aug 29, 2007, 06.36 AMby i-love-to-sew

    Fantastic. Thank you!

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    Aug 22, 2007, 08.51 PMby sewfreshsewclean

    perfect, i’ll be putting this to good use :) thanks.

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    Aug 6, 2007, 03.51 PMby nayantara

    Oh- Also I use a similar technique when easing sleeves into the armhole. It works wonders!

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    Jul 25, 2007, 04.42 PMby meander

    Wow, I never thought of that. :) I just tried to judge it with my eyes. It usually turns out alright, but I’ll be this would make it all the better. I’ll be trying it next time I gather! n…n

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    Jul 24, 2007, 09.14 AMby nayantara

    This is a great technique! It always works great. (I think my mom taught me this, too!)

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