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Posted on: 3/1/09 7:01 AM
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I love using clear elastic but have often thrown the whole jumbled mess away because I couldn't find the end and it seemed stuck together. Well my new supply was in danger of heading down the same path, until I gave it some thought. Using my "string thing" I threaded the end through a plastic drinking straw (which I purchased after reading a tip about storing a bobbin with its corresponding thread spool--didn't work for me). I put the wrapped elastic, threaded throught the straw, in a zip lock bag with the straw sticking out a little. Now I can just pull out what I need and safely store the bag in my elastis treasure box.

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sewtime said... (3/4/09 12:35 PM) Reply
Clever idea!!! THANKS!
JEF said... (3/2/09 7:54 AM) Reply
Great idea. I put a bit of blue painter's tape (that I happened to have in the sewing room) on the end of the tape. That helps me find the end with no problem. I love your idea about the straw - I bet it helps it feed out a lot better. What stops the elastic from slipping down the straw and back into the bag?
SewVeryTall said... (3/1/09 7:49 AM) Reply
I'm so curious about what a "string thing" is...I even googled it, no help. Anyway, this is a good idea...I just put mine in a zip bag, trapping the end of the elastic in the ziplock. I am also a little curious about why you left the elastic wrapped when you put it in a baggie.
Tempest61 said... (3/1/09 7:14 AM) Reply
Great tip. I can use this for other things too. Absolutely a great idea!
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