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From: bevknit47
Date: 05-10-2007, 03:32 PM (1 of 5)
i am thinking of using elastic thread on a bobbin as i want to make babies headbands that will have the stretchy gathered look but am not sure how to use the shirring!!:
User: bevknit47
Member since: 05-10-2007
Total posts: 2
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-10-2007, 05:50 PM (2 of 5)
Hi Beverley, welcome to the group. I don't use shirring elastic so I can't help you with your project. Those I know who have used it, usually lay a strip of elastic flat and zigzag over the being careful not to catch the elastic in the stitch. Hope this helps.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 05-10-2007, 06:21 PM (3 of 5)
Ok this is probably not going to make a bit of sense but i'll do my best at explaining how I do it lol.

First I hand wind my bobbin with the elastic. Then I just thread my sewing like normal with regular thread. I adjust my sewing machine to the highest setting and make the tension as high as it will go. Then I just start sewing what needs to be shirred. If it's not as tight as i'd like it to be, I just run the iron over it as heat makes it shrink up more.

I have done a couple of blouses for my daughters using this technique. I hope this helps.
User: Addicted2Sewing
Member since: 02-01-2007
Total posts: 133
From: lendube
Date: 05-10-2007, 10:37 PM (4 of 5)
Hi Beverley,

Welcome to our wonderful little (okay, not so little) group. We have fun and learn so much from each other.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: temom
Date: 05-11-2007, 02:47 PM (5 of 5)
Hi Beverly, and welcome. I had not thought of using the elastic thread for a head band (I have a love/hate relationship with those things - I'm still trying to find a way to keep them in my daughter's hair, as she loves them).
Let us know how it works out.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
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