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From: grandma C
Date: 06-18-2007, 12:50 AM (1 of 4)
How do I determine the percentage of stretch in a piece of spandex??
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
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From: skiNsew
Date: 06-18-2007, 08:00 AM (2 of 4)
Fold over your spandex. In the middle (not from one of the ends) of the fabric fold, measure off 10 inches. Place a yard stick or any measuring device that has at least 24" on a table next to the fabric. Holding the 10 inches firmly stretch it along the yard stick. If it stretches to 13 inches, it has 30% stretch, 5 inches = 50% stretch, etc. Stretch it firmly but do not force it and be sure you have the fabric folded to measure the side with the greatest degree of stretch. This is usually on the crossgrain.

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From: MaryW
Date: 06-18-2007, 01:13 PM (3 of 4)
Thanks for such a good explanation!
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
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Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: skiNsew
Date: 06-19-2007, 03:45 PM (4 of 4)
Thanks for your comment Mary W. I am always concerned that my explanations may not be clear.

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