Category: Sewing 101

Tutorial- How to gather tulle using a gathering foot

Quick tutorial/ pictorial on how to gather tulle using a gathering foot. This is the only way I gather tulle, because it is easy and efficient and kinda fun. I like to simplify everything in life, including sewing- so here is my easy method-

Here is the foot:

To begin with, you will need some tulle. I am documenting this tutorial for my Tulle Skirt SewAlong, which is why I am using tulle that comes in a 54 inch width. When tulle is purchased in a fabric store, it comes on the fold. If you remove the tulle from the bolt but leave it folded, you now have 2 layers of tulle at 27 inches each (54 inches divided by 2). Gather the tulle on the fold, which means you will end up gathering two layers of tulle that are 27 inches wide.No need to cut the tulle, no need to unfold the tulle. We will keep it simple!

Step 1: Install a gathering foott and make sure your needle is centered above the slot in the foot so the needle does not break

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Step 2: Adjust tension and stitch length

The gathering foot works in conjunction with the tension and stitch length. The higher the tension, the tighter the gathers. The lower the tension, the softer the gathers. 9 is the highest tension on my machine, and I like to use either a 8 or 9. You can experiment with the tension settings on some scrap tulle to determine what you like. IMG_8812

Set the stitch length to a basting stitch (highest stitch length). This is a 5 on my machine. 

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Step 3: Take the folded edge of the tulle and slide it underneath the gathering foot. Make sure the fabric extends beyond the gathering foot to avoid bunching.

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While holding the treads, lower the gathering foot and lower the needle manually into the fabric.

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Do not engage the foot pedal until after you have lowered the needle manually to secure the fabric.IMG_8811

Step 4: Gather away! Press the foot pedal and let the machine do the magic…IMG_8815 IMG_8816 I used the highest tension and as you can see my gathers are pretty tight.. This will make for a poofy skirt!IMG_8819 IMG_8820

 

I use this method gather 10 yards of tulle in a little over 5 minutes! I have made the following skirts using this method

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Hope this helped!

-XOXO

-Vatsla 🙂

Tulle Skirt Sew Along Part 1 (Supply List and schedule)

Hello Loves,

Happy National Sewing Month!!!! Wooooohoooo… What a perfect day to start our sew along!! Also some good news- I will be contributing to the Fabric Mart Fabricista Blog!

For those of you who are paricipating in the FBTS Tulle Skirt Sew Along, I have published the supply list for the sew along.  See all the details below or print your own copy HERE

 

DIY Tulle Skirt Supply list

Circle skirt pattern: I recommend getting one of  the following:

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Tulle: I suggest using tulle that is 54 inches wide. Tulle comes folded on bolts. Leave the tulle folded. This will give you a skirt that is 26.5 inches long from the waist band to the hemline, if you use a half inch seam allowance. As far as how many yards to purchase, I suggest the following: Waist 24 to 26: 6 yards, Waist 27 to 30: 8 yards. Waist  31 to 36: 10 yards, Waist 37 to 40: 12 yards. I love getting my tulle from Joann’s. It’s nice and soft and they have a good variety.

Satin: This will be used as the waist band and as the lining. Follow the directions on your pattern to determine how many yards you need. I usually use two yards of satin per skirt. I prefer to get the satin at Hobby Lobby as it is stable and inexpensive ($4.99 per yard before coupons!) Stay away from flimsy lightweight satins! Both Hancock and Joann’s have bridal satin as well! Always use coupons, because you can buy more fabric with the savings!

Invisible zipper: I suggest 7- 9 inch invisible zipper, unless you have hips that are much larger than your waist, in which case, you will want to opt for a longer zipper. When in doubt, go longer. Have questions? Ask!

Thread: All purpose matching thread

Interfacing:  lightweight Fusible Apparel Interfacing: See you patern envelope for how much to buy

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I highly recommend that you use a gathered foot

 

and a concealed zipper foot for this project. These two make gathering tulle and inserting an invisible zipper a breeze.

 

I also recommend a Stitch in the ditch foot, but if you have a regular zipper foot, then you can use that instead, We will be using this on the very last day of the sew along, Sept 15

As far as the schedule is concerned, here is the general schedule. Based on how everyone is doing, I might extend it if need be!

TIMETABLE /SCHEDULE

Sept 1: Supply list published

Sept 8: Prep and cut pattern, gather tulle

Sept 10: Sewing up majority of the Skirt

Sept 15: Finishing techniques

Lastly, there is a facebook group set up for Q&A , so if you havent already joined, you can join HERE

I can’t wait to start sewing along side with you!! Let me know if you have any questions about getting started.

-XOXO,

Vatsla 🙂

 

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