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Sewing 101 - Gather Ratios Reference

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Every Monday I have a infographic about basic sewing to answer one of your questions. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or email me. Also, if you know the answer to someone's question, go ahead and answer it. We're here to help each other learn about sewing!
Learn How to Gather.


  1. Ok, for those of us who sew with no training whatsoever and aren't even sure of the right questions to ask- what's the purpose of the ratios? Why do you need different ratios? Does it matter if your gathers are grainline, crosswise, or bias?
    I just got my new sewing machine on Black Friday, and it has a gathering foot- is that what you use? How do you "set" the ratio?
    Thanks for putting up with inexperienced me!

    1. Lynness, the ratios above refer to the widths of your two fabrics; the waistband and the skirt, for example. A ratio of 3:1 means that your skirt width is three times the length of your waistband width. You then gather up the skirt piece until it's width matches the width of the waistband. A ratio of 3:1 will give you a very full skirt with lots of gathers.

    2. I don't use a gathering foot and don't know how to use one. This is how I gather http://www.feathersflights.com/2011/03/how-to-gather.html.


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