Wednesday, September 02, 2009

How to use elastic thread.


1. put it in your bobbin, use regular thread up top
2. wind it gently by hand, no stretching
3. sew on the right side of the fabric

That's all. It's easy, I promise.

13 comments:

  1. I think the trickier part is knowing how much shrinkage you will get after you iron the thread. I think it is usually about 25%, but that may just be the brand I use.

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  2. Sorry, I should have said "steam the thread".

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  3. i just used my elastic thread for the first time the other day, creating what i call my "stephanie inspired" shirt. you're such a creative inspiration!

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  4. I found that on my sewing machine, doing just that was not enough - the fabric did not gather enough at all. However, doing 2 additional things fixed it: increasing the bobbin tensions and pulling the fabric very tight as I stitched.

    You should definitely do a few test runs to get this right before sewing on your actual project.

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  5. thank you, amy! those were great tips.

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  6. i have never had success with elastic thread unless I pulled it tight on my bobbin... i may have to try again.

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  7. Wonderful! I can't wait to try it.

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  8. I think I'm still "scared" to try it. Do you just use the regular foot?

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  9. I think I'm still "scared" to try it. Do you just use the regular foot?

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  10. that's how i sewed the bodice of my wedding dress 37 years ago! mom

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  11. I used my regular foot, yes.

    I think winding it tight on the bobbin does the same thing as increasing the bobbin tension, but the tension way may be more consistent - especially if you are like me and not especially precise in how you wind the bobbin.

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  12. Operation Elastic Thread is underway...I'll let you know my results. Thanks for this!

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  13. So, then do you stretch the fabric as you go for the consecutive lines?

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