A basting stitch is used to temporarily hold fabric together and is sewn using a wider stitch length. I use a 4mm stitch length. A basting stitch is also used to gather fabric. Do not back stitch and leave at least 3-4" tails of thread to pull later.
When finished, your gathering should look like below.
Gathering is complete! You can now continue sewing your garment.
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