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Date: 7/29/14 11:47 PM

I am using Dritz brand Shirring Elastic thread, I am noticing it doesnt hold up to washing. Is there a better way to do shirring, a different brand? I am locking my beginner and end stitches, what am I doing wrong?
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Date: 7/30/14 0:23 AM

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Date: 7/30/14 4:37 AM

I usually shir the fabric first then sew together, the seam goes over the top of the shirring so it cannot come undone.

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Date: 7/30/14 4:46 AM

I wouldn't rely on a seam holding shirring threads in place, or lock-stitching. I would tie them all off individually.
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Date: 7/30/14 4:50 AM

I don't seem to have a problem relying on the seam - I usually double sew over the shirring and have not had any come undone.

Hand tying would be the best option though if you are having a problem.

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Date: 7/30/14 7:27 AM

Stitching through clear elastic stretching as you sew?

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Date: 7/30/14 8:23 AM

A more automatic lock or tie off stitch, (where the needle just goes up and down a few times in the same place) made by and built into some computerized machine, by just hitting a key or a button on a machine like that, would not be good enough to fasten off some thick elastic thread in a bobbin, and survive a lot of wearing and washing at all.
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Date: 7/30/14 11:18 AM

Where is it coming loose? At the ends would indicate the thread did not lock well at the beginning and ending.

If the thread is breaking, it may be the thread or sewing technique.

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In reply to Tommy1969

Date: 7/30/14 3:39 PM

Gutermann elastic thread worked better for me.

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In reply to Tommy1969

Date: 7/30/14 4:13 PM

I just attended a class at the ASG conference and one of the tops was using shirring. She stated that the brand is very important. Londa Rohfling's blog on this.

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