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dinag
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Date: 10/4/13 3:09 AM

Hi,

I went to buy some clear elastic to reinforce the shoulder seams in the knit t shirt I am making. They had no idea what I was talking about, and eventually showed me some silicone tape. It was stretchy and thin, and also very inexpensive, so I bought some in case that would work just as well.

Is silicone tape another name for clear elastic? Can I use them interchangeably? What else would I use silicone tape for?

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Date: 10/4/13 12:00 PM

Clear elastic is usually relatively inexpensive. However, this is a warning that some of the clear elastic is made for garment hanging, ie. the little straps that make sure the garment hangs correctly on the hanger. I have found that if I do the "stretch three times" (meaning I pull the elastic as far as it will go three times) I find that the cheapest "hanging elastic" breaks. Check that before gathering with it.

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Date: 10/4/13 12:42 PM

Maybe it depends on where you live. I thought Silicon tape was sold in the Hardware stores, as in like Duct Tape with no stitcky stuff on it, that sticks to it's self, and not sewing elastic at all, but maybe it could also be a regional term. If it's clear sewing elastic, made to be sewn through, in a garment, it would most likely be folded into a hank and in a plastic bubble on a cardboard hang tag, hanging on the wall in the fabric store. And someplace between 1/4 inch and 5/8 inches wide.

If it's Silicon Tape instead, in the Hardware store, used to patch and mend non fabric things, it would more likely be on a roll, over a cardboard core, and an inch wide or way wider.

So I would not consider them interchangeable at all. Also can't see what you got either though.

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Date: 10/4/13 1:14 PM

Quote: dinag
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Is silicone tape another name for clear elastic?
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No. Clear elastic is sold as clear elastic. It is stretchy and clear. Are you in the U.S.? Clear elastic is sold in Joann's and Hancocks. It is usually found near all the other elastics.

Where were you shopping for your clear elastic that they sold you "silicone tape" as an equivalent? Sounds like a hardware store.

Do a Google search for "clear elastic." Lots of images and sources.

Clear Elastic search results

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Date: 10/4/13 2:29 PM

Quote: dinag

Is silicone tape another name for clear elastic? Can I use them interchangeably? What else would I use silicone tape for?


I have never heard of silicone tape for sewing. Caveat emptor.

I use fusible knit interfacing to stabilize shoulder seams in knit tops. It is cheap enough because I have it on hand and cut the little bits that I need.

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Date: 10/4/13 8:35 PM

You can always use a strip of the fabric's selvage to stabilize seams.

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Date: 10/5/13 7:42 AM

Brought back memories. I was in MT in 2009 and learned about clear elastic on a TV show. No shops (selling quilt fabrics) heard of it. Of course no big chain sewing store and search engines brought up lots of various confusing hits. So I found the tip for using selvedge and that worked well. I visited Spokane WA in 2010 and found it easily in a JoAnns I think.
Thank goodness for being able to put active links into PR posts so you can see what it is right now!
Let us know what use you made of the silicon tape!

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Date: 10/5/13 4:24 PM

Frame, thank you so much for the link to the clear elastic images. Turns out, I think I *did* buy clear elastic :)

It was in a bag like this:

http://img.chinaseniorsupplier.com/product/45/58/clear_elastic_tape_59240_1.jpg

And I bought a meter that looked like this:

http://img.chinaseniorsupplier.com/product/45/58/clear_elastic_tape_59240_1.jpg

except it was a bit more kinked up from being in the bag for so long.

I went to a knitting supplies/notions store. Once the clerk brought out the bag of what she called silicone tape, she said it was for the neckline of strapless dresses. Does that make sense?

Can I use the silicone/clear elastic in a jewel neckline for a t shirt? I want good recovery so it doesn't turn into a scoop neckline. Do you think that would help?

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Date: 10/5/13 6:23 PM

Dinag, I can't tell from your pictures what your silicone tape/clear elastic looks like. The pictures are the same.

If it is stretchy, clear elastic makes for a great neckline on a t-shirt. You can stitch it directly to the edge of the fabric and fold over and topstitch. Somebody, a long time ago, wrote a great tip on using clear elastic in a neckline. It might be in the tips section. I wonder if I can find it.

ETA: It was Deepika herself! Here's a link. Using Clear Elastic to Stabilize Necklines


ETA #2: I wonder if clear elastic is called "silicone tape" where you are? I assume not in the U.S. because in the U.S. silicone tape is used for plumbing?

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Date: 10/5/13 11:58 PM

If the clerk said it was for strapless necklines, I wonder if it's the "sticky" feeling stuff that's supposed to stick to the skin and help a strapless dress stay in place. It's thicker than clear elastic and has a bump or bead of the sticky-feeling silicone in the center. It has an strip on each side that is flat, non-sticky, and can be sewn through.

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