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Posted on: 12/8/10 3:44 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 14 people   
I was trying to stitch clear elastic onto the very edge of t-shirt neckline as a stretchy stabilizer. At the beginning of the seam, everything sank into the throat plate, so I knew I needed stabilizer. Couldn't find the Sulky tear-away stuff that I know I have... Was out of gift-wrap tissue paper that I've used in a pinch... Hey, gift wrap!

Here I am with probably 6 rolls of cheap paper (the kind that you buy at Target for a couple bucks). I cut off a strip, fed it in with the fabric and elastic, and it worked perfectly. It tore away cleanly, didn't pull the stitches, and didn't leave any messy paper scraps behind.

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SaliO said... (12/11/10 6:07 AM) Reply
Some years ago I took a Martha Pullen class & she told us a story about using seat covers (new!) from the Ladies restroom when tear-away didn't make it to the classroom! I've used adding machine paper for years.
Lucy in Virginia said... (12/9/10 2:10 PM) Reply
I've used ruled paper I raided from my kids school supplies and it works, but the gift-wrap paper you used is more maleable and not as staff. Thanks for the tip. This is good for those scraps you cut of the sides and ends of your package and don't want to throw away.
RLL said... (12/9/10 2:05 PM) Reply
Yea, why buy the expensive stuff when less expensive stuff will work. Thanks.
Mufffet said... (12/9/10 11:02 AM) Reply
AWESOME! I use tissue and also have used tracing paper in a pinch! No sense even buying the tear away! THANKS!
Patti B said... (12/9/10 10:13 AM) Reply
Desperation is the mother of invention, eh? Nice save.
autumnquilter said... (12/9/10 8:12 AM) Reply
Thanks. Look forward to trying it.
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