The Secret to Gorgeous Gathers by Mabey She Made It consists of THREE rows of basting. You have to attach your gathered piece sewing on the middle row.
sewing linings and facings with dominant seam sewn last - flatter smoother seams
This sure beats the "old fashioned way" of ruffling! Super tutorial for Ruffling and Gathering on your sewing machine with no threads to pull and no special foot needed. A winner! set your sewing machine to longest stitch with the tightest tension.
I don't know why piping intimidates me, but it does. I need so make some occasional pillows and just get my feet wet. This DIY should help my confidence. Gilbert Street Stitches: Sewing Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Piping
Tutorial: Sewing machine needle sizes and types explained
Tutorial: Sewing machine needle sizes and types & what type of material they're used on is finally explained. No more second guessing when it comes to numbers on your sewing machine needles.