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From: PeytonandWyett
Date: 06-08-2005, 01:48 PM (1 of 4)
I need some help with shirring using elastic thread. I've read some other posts here about this, but I still can't seem to get it right. :bang: I'm not sure what my stitch length or tension should be. And how do I secure the ends? I hand-wound the bobbin, did a few rows of stitching, then steamed them. It seems to work a little bit, but the stitches are not gathering very much. Can anyone help?
Thank you!
User: PeytonandWyett
Member since: 02-02-2004
Total posts: 9
From: bunzino
Date: 06-08-2005, 04:37 PM (2 of 4)
I honestly don't know. I usually do the threading by hand and tie the ends inside. It's usually not a big amount.

User: bunzino
Member since: 08-16-2002
Total posts: 119
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-09-2005, 06:36 PM (3 of 4)
If it is not gathering enough to suit you, maybe you need to tighten the bobbin tension a little.. (very little, you know how it is with bobbin tension).. And yes , you have to fasten off the threads somehow.. I always just sewed my center back seam with very tiny stitches and then stitched a 2nd line to reinforce..
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User: LeapFrog Libby
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 06-12-2005, 10:27 PM (4 of 4)
I watched an episode of Sew Much More that demonstrated the use of this thread for a child's dress. Rather than shrinking by iron, they demonstrated how you can sew your rows and then pull the bobbin (elastic) threads from the side to make the fabric the desired width. It went fairly quickly, the elasticity of the thread was preserved, and you also get to decide for yourself how wide the panel will be, rather than taking whatever your iron leaves you with.
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Member since: 02-18-2005
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