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Date: 3/3/12 6:27 PM

I just made a knit top with elastic casings at neckline, sleeves, and bottom/hem, and I'm about to make it again--which gives me 8 times total to practice my elastic-joining technique! I used 1/4" elastic, and ended up joining the ends by hand because I couldn't think of a practical way of doing those tiny joins by machine (and, in fact, my normally rock-solid reliable machine made a predictably tangled mess of it when I did try).

How does everyone else deal with the joins of teeny-tiny elastic like this?

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Date: 3/3/12 6:43 PM

I usually back the join with a piece of fabric - if you're using knits, sometimes a woven will work better. I just grab a scrap and cut it roughly, big enough so you can pin on both sides, and put it underneath the join. Pin and then zigzag as usual - the fabric helps keep everything in place and OK with the feeddogs. Then when you're done with the stitching, trim the fabric down until it's out of the way.

I saw a tip on one of the sewing shows about using washable stabilizer - they suggested using scraps of it for this purpose, and wetting it slightly so the elastic sticks to the stabilizer and doesn't require pins. I don't have any other use for washable stabilizer, so I haven't tried it myself.

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In reply to LauraTS


Date: 3/5/12 9:03 AM

Great ideas!

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Date: 3/5/12 10:16 AM

I usually do what Laura does. And sometimes with narrow elastic, I fold the fabric around the elastic, leaving flaps on 1 side. Those give me something to hold while turning to stitch the other direction, and the fold help keep the elastic lined up straight.

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Date: 3/7/12 2:30 PM

Those are great ideas. I usually overlap and pin the elastic and put it under the foot, remove the pin, put tongue in appropriate spot at side of mouth and hope for the best...lol. Next time I'm going to try a piece of fabric..Thanks folks :)

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Date: 3/7/12 8:31 PM

LOL, Janice, I know that tongue-sticking-out procedure quite well.

That's a great idea, Gail. The one nice thing about only having the fabric on the bottom is that you can see to make sure your needle is hitting the right place and grabbing both sides of the join. But having a 'handle' to grab onto with the really narrow stuff would be handy too.

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