Doing the recommended two rows of gathering stitch is essential for nice gathers. However, somewhere I read that three rows is even better. I tried it when sewing prom and bridal wear and it really does make it so easy to get beautiful even gathers.
i have to share a funny story. When I was in high school my mom was helping a neighbor lady learn how to sew. She had trouble learning to sew the zipper and had to take it out several times. One day, when my mom was at work, the neighbor brought her latest attempt and showed it to me. It was beautifully done but I had to break her heart by telling her it was sewn in upside down! 59ce067264