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From: NeedleWorker
Date: 04-07-2006, 05:44 PM (1 of 5)
:nc: This is ticking me off . Elastic thread. Where do I start, questions, questions, questions, I have made one attempt at this and said screw it. But I want it so badly. Elastic thread does not fit through the needle. !!!!! Elastic thread does not stay wound on the bobbin!!! How do I make it stay. I have read to wind it slightly pulling, like put some tension in it, but when you let it go, there goes your tension. I can't stick the sloppy bobbin the the shuttle. PLeeeeaaase Someone show me they way, show me how. I'm being such a waaaa waaaa about this. Thanks, Yvette
User: NeedleWorker
Member since: 04-05-2006
Total posts: 13
From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-07-2006, 07:38 PM (2 of 5)
Hi Yvette. Here's a link that could help you get started. I think the trick is in the hand-winding of the bobbin with elastic thread, and using standard thread on the top!
elastic thread how-to (
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-08-2006, 12:52 PM (3 of 5)
This month's Sew News has a q & a on how to shirr with elastic thread, and shows a picture of the stitches.. It has to be on the bobbin..I just exert a tiny bit of pressure when winding mine.. It stays on better that way.. I sent the Editor an addendum to her answer that after you finish the stitching you turn iron on steam and hold it about 1 or 2 inches above fabric and steam.. Makes the shirring gather up beautifully..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: NeedleWorker
Date: 04-08-2006, 01:55 PM (4 of 5)
Thank you both for your responses. I never would have thought of a different thread on top. Duh!!!! I went and looked at a dress I have with an elastic thread gathering on top and looked really close. Lo and behold there are two different threads. Thanks every one for bringing me to light about this, Yvette :bg: I have a smile now.
User: NeedleWorker
Member since: 04-05-2006
Total posts: 13
From: swartzrn
Date: 04-10-2006, 11:41 AM (5 of 5)
I feel dumb b/c I have never heard of elastic thread..what do you use it for?
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
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