How to Gather on a Brother 1034DX

In the world of sewing and garment construction, the Brother 1034DX serger is a beloved tool for creating clean and professional finishes. However, mastering the art of gathering fabric using this machine can be a daunting task for many. Luckily, with the right techniques and tools, such as the Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread, you can achieve beautifully gathered fabric with ease. Made from 100% core-spun polyester, this high-quality thread is designed to withstand the rigors of frequent washing and strain, making it the perfect choice for your serging needs. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sewer, this guide will help you navigate the intricacies of gathering fabric on a Brother 1034DX and unleash your creativity in garment construction. So, grab your tools, thread your machine, and let's explore the wonders of gathering on a Brother 1034DX.

How Do You Use the Gathering Foot on a Brother Sewing Machine?

Using the gathering foot on a Brother sewing machine can be a great way to add decorative gathers to your projects. The gathering foot is specifically designed to create even gathers by evenly feeding the fabric through the machine.

First, select the gathering foot attachment for your machine. This attachment is typically included with the machine, but if you don’t have one, you can purchase it separately. Once aligned, lower the presser foot holder down to secure the gathering foot in place.

Next, prepare your fabric by running a basting stitch along the edge that you want to gather. Set your machine to a straight stitch with a long stitch length, and sew a line of stitches about 1/4 inch away from the raw edge of the fabric. Leave long threads at both ends of the stitch, as these will be used to gather the fabric later.

Now, place the fabric under the gathering foot, with the basting stitch aligned along the center of the foot. Lower the presser foot, making sure the fabric is positioned evenly. Begin sewing by slowly guiding the fabric through the machine.

Once you reach the end of the fabric, leave long thread tails and cut the fabric from the machine. To gather the fabric, gently pull on the long thread tails on both ends of the fabric. The fabric will gather up, creating a decorative ruffled effect. Adjust the gathers as desired by distributing them evenly along the length of the fabric.

By following these steps, you can easily achieve even and professional-looking gathers, adding a decorative touch to your sewing projects. Remember to practice on scrap fabric before sewing on your final project to familiarize yourself with the gathering foot and to perfect your technique.

How to Use the Gathering Foot to Add Gathers to Sleeves or Cuffs

  • Measure and mark the desired length of the gathers on the sleeve or cuff.
  • Thread the gathering foot onto your sewing machine, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Select a long stitch length on your sewing machine.
  • Place the fabric under the gathering foot, aligning the marked line with the guide on the foot.
  • Lower the presser foot and begin sewing, keeping the fabric taut but not stretched.
  • Continue sewing along the marked line, allowing the gathering foot to create even gathers as you stitch.
  • Once you’ve sewn along the entire marked line, remove the fabric from the sewing machine.
  • Hold one end of the fabric and gently pull the bobbin thread to gather the fabric into the desired fullness.
  • Secure the gathers in place by tying a knot at the end of the bobbin thread.
  • Trim any excess threads and adjust the gathers as needed.


In conclusion, if you’re seeking guidance on how to gather on a Brother 1034DX serger, it’s essential to ensure you’ve the right thread for the job. Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread offers unmatched durability and longevity, making it the ideal choice for frequent washes or strain. Whether you own a Brother 1034DX or a Janome CoverPro machine, using Madeira Aerolock thread will guarantee exceptional results in your gathering projects.

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