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Gathering Foot works GREAT! EDIT with settings added

Postby Rettabug » February 25th, 2013, 7:38 pm

I was watching M.Pullen's TV show on PBS & she had Connie Palmer doing some baby puffing with a gathering foot. It was amazing how easily she was able to gather the fabric down both sides.
I immediately ordered this 'gathering foot' that was made for the Baby Lock machines, but will also work on my Quattro2.

You can gather either a single layer or actually gather ONE layer onto another flat layer of fabric...just like the ruffler foot.
I paid less than $7 for it on Amazon.com & got free shipping, too.

Here is a video of how it works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_K5qiLXJ6k

EDIT: Direct quote from the comments beneath this video I got:

I have removed the first half of the comments I copied, as they referred to working with a serger, not a sewing machine. Thanks for pointing that out to me, KK!

" The tension is set to between 6 and 9, the stitch length is the longest. You can vary these settings to get the desired fullness. Start with a strip that is half the length of the ruffle and see how much gathers in. These 2 strips were the same length."
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Karens Krafts » February 25th, 2013, 7:49 pm

Now you've done it Rett!!!!!! I'll have to go buy one of those feet! Great U-tube. I use my gathering attachment and don't mind the pleats, but that little foot looks so much easier to attach and use. Thanks!1 (You enabler you)
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Rettabug » February 25th, 2013, 8:10 pm

Always happy to help others spend their money, KK! :rotflo: I consider it my personal mission to keep the economy going!! :P
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby KathyD » February 26th, 2013, 4:47 am

Oh my - now I need to see if I have this foot!!! If not, I'm getting one. After all those gathers - oy vey! :shock:

Thanks for boosting the economy Rett!!! :rotflo: :rotflo: :rotflo:

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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby bellesmom » February 26th, 2013, 7:00 am

I have this foot and have never used it. After seeing the video, I'm going to give it a try.
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby KarenVA » February 26th, 2013, 7:25 am

I watched that, too, and thought it looked so easy to ruffle for puffing! I think that foot will be on my list now!!
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Rosieq » February 26th, 2013, 7:41 am

Zowie!!! Double zowwie!! That is one terrific gadget! I was sold the ruffled by my dealer for gathering and was so dissatisfied with the pleats that I went back to the time honored tradition of basting and pulling threads and breaking all three by the time I would get 3/4s finished! :roll:

I know where the Baby Lock store is in Sarasota and we are going there today!!

I hope she has nearly as good a price. Was yours a personal buy or through a store on Amazon, Rhett?

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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Rettabug » February 26th, 2013, 7:46 am

The store on Amazon, Linda:


http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Gathering-Foot/dp/B00083KXE2

Dang! This one is $2 less than I paid!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurry up & order it!!!!!
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Rosieq » February 26th, 2013, 8:01 am

Thanks, Rhett. She better refund you your money! She is going to get a gazillion orders because of you. :rotflo:
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby genniewren » February 26th, 2013, 8:52 am

I had a similar foot for my first ever machine (a handle job, not electric!).
You had to adjust the tension and stitch length to get the gathered effect. Is that the same with this one?

I do like my ruffling foot - it is just such a faff to put it on the machine that half the time I do the ruffles by hand instead!
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Rettabug » February 26th, 2013, 9:38 am

I just noticed that $4 one is for a SINGER!!!!

Sorry about that!

The one I bought for the Baby Lock/ Brother machines is here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IWSXI2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby nonie » February 26th, 2013, 10:16 am

I have that foot for my Viking, it must have come with it. Now, I need to figure out the settings and practice, practice--
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT!!

Postby Rettabug » February 26th, 2013, 11:05 am

Nonie, go watch the video & there are some setting suggestions down in the comment area. I should have added them. I'll go get them & put them in the original post right now.
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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT! EDIT with settings added

Postby betty deck » February 26th, 2013, 12:10 pm

That foot came with the two machines I use, I find it fun to play with and it does look more like hand pulled gathers, but I prefer the ruffler attachment for most things as it gives a flatter place to stitch and attach (the little pleats). Just be sure and have extra fabric for the ruffle part when you are attaching at the same time............I never allowed enough it seemed.
Hope you all post your results.

I would think any brand of the foot would be interchangable, just buy for either the short or long shaft like your maching is.

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Re: Gathering Foot works GREAT! EDIT with settings added

Postby niener » February 26th, 2013, 1:32 pm

I bought one for my Janome machines way back before I bought the ruffler. I didn't get good results on anything heavier than batiste. I have played with it a bit more over the years, but still use the ruffler for my big ruffling jobs! I can fly with that thing, and like Betty I like the "flatness" of the area where I stitch the ruffles down. But for puffing, or other applications where you want a hand gathered look this would be great when you get it all figured out in terms of stitch length and tension settings.
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