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Posted on: 3/29/08 11:47 AM
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Elastic may shrink when it is washed, so I always prewash and dry it before inserting it in my sewing projects. Because I often forgot to do this before starting garment, I had to stop and do this before proceeding, which I found annoying. My current solution is to buy my elastic in bulk, wind it loosely into a loop, tie it with string in several places to keep it from tangling, and wash and dry it. I now have a ready to use supply of prewashed (and shrunk) elastic and the string ties keep it neatly wound.

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Susan M said...
I bet a lingerie bag would be helpful also.
3/29/08 9:24 PM
JenSews2 said...
good thinking!
3/30/08 2:01 AM
SusiM said...
Good reminder! I neglected to do this with some cotton swimwear elastic I ued, and found it tightened up considerably.
3/30/08 11:15 AM
Sarah J Doyle said...
I do the same thing as Brine -- many years ago I did what SusiM did and had a serious problem. Lesson learned the hard way. Never hurts to be reminded, and for those who may think elastic won't shrink much, don't wait for the problem to happen before starting to preshrink!
4/29/08 6:33 AM
CosmicCaro said...
Exactly the info I was looking for, Thank you!
8/22/13 11:01 PM
 
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