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Posted on: 4/21/11 6:08 PM
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I'm primarily a garment sewer and there are times when using clear elastic in a neckline or shoulders would be a good idea. Alas, I have a mostly hate-hate relationship with clear elastic -- it likes to wriggle away and generally be a pain in the elbow. Someone recently posted a link to Londa R's newsletter where she showed her method for applying clear elastic to a neckline and it works very well. She sews it on a 5/8 inch seamline rather than the 3/8ths that I usually try -- the extra 1/4 inch makes handling this SO much easier. Then she turns it under and topstitches with either a double needle or a coverstitch and then trims away the excess.

I still have trouble coaxing the elastic to stay where I want it so I looked through my collection of feet. Bernina #22 to the rescue! This is a cording foot with a little gate to keep cording in place. I fed the elastic through that little gate, under the foot and out the back. Holding the elastic behind the foot and in front of it kept the slippery stuff where I wanted it. Magic! I'm sure that most machines have a similar foot. Perhaps you have another method that works but if not this is worth a

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lakaribane said... (5/3/11 9:56 AM) Reply
Great idea! Thanks for the tip!
KathySews said... (5/3/11 7:37 AM) Reply
I just struggled with to see if I have a similar foot for my Babylock. Thanks!!
Cultured Purl said... (4/29/11 12:11 PM) Reply
Thank you for this tip, I bookmarked it.I am new in sewing after taking a LONG break so there is a lot out there I dont know about ( yet), a big for instance is the knd of knits they have now ( HOW can one figure it all out??) What I am doing is trying on each knit I make and sizing from that point on,, AND I use lots of cleaar elastic these days,,,,so THANK YOU From a NEW ( but older) sewer!!!!!!!
Nancy Rhodes said... (4/24/11 10:26 AM) Reply
Opps duplicate post... so sorry!
Nancy Rhodes said... (4/24/11 10:26 AM) Reply
Don't think I have a 22... but you can bet it is on my short list for the July Bernina foot sale at my local dealer... Sure hope that tradition is still on for this year...(Barnes Sewing Center Cuyahoga Falls OH hint hint Bob!)
Annie- oh said... (4/22/11 12:55 PM) Reply
Ditto on the thanks for sharing this tip, Pattie. Your writing is always a pleasure, too, sounds like you're sitting right here.
lulubug said... (4/22/11 10:20 AM) Reply
Thank you for the great tip.
LynnG said... (4/22/11 9:37 AM) Reply
Wonderful tip. I will give it a try.
VivianZ said... (4/22/11 8:08 AM) Reply
Great tip. Thanks.
Karine said... (4/22/11 7:24 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing this - I'll definitely try it next time!
Barbara3 said... (4/21/11 8:00 PM) Reply
Great tip. I use clear elastic on the necklines of most of my tops, and thought I had figured out a pretty good way to apply it using my Bernina Teflon zigzag foot. But your method sounds much better, and I'll definitely try it on my next top!
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