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How to Sew: Gather with Yarn

Watch our helpful video guide: How to gather with yarn. One of our Learn To Sew video guides.

You can also download a PDF copy of this tutorial.


This sewing video shows a technique for creating gathers with mid- to heavyweight fabrics. It’s a handy alternative to our gathering with rows of thread tutorial. You can use yarn, floss, or twine – whatever you have available.

This method is recommended for heavier fabrics where stitches often break if the basting method is used. Plus it’s easy AND a great thread-saver.

Top tip: Have your sewing machine book handy for adjusting the stitch length and width.

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