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Posted on: 1/29/12 5:33 PM
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I had problems threading wide elastic into casings using the time-honored large safety pin method. The safety pin held the center of the elastic with no problem, but the side edges curled up and got caught on the inside of the casing. I found that if I used two safety pins inserted at right angles as in the photo, the elastic remained flat and could be easily inserted.

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squaredancer57 said...
What a great idea. I have been sewing for about 40 years and have never thought of this, but always had a choice comment or two for the blasted elastic. Thank so much.
3/5/14 12:28 PM
carolinablue said...
smart
8/3/13 5:53 PM
Holmar said...
I make a lot of pj pants & boxers for my family and friends...thanks for this great tip!
2/6/13 7:24 AM
Dreamsofseams said...
Wish I'd thought of this many, many elastics ago. Thank you for sharing such a unique tip!
9/13/12 0:44 AM
cleverclogs said...
Wow, that's a good idea! Many thanks.
2/16/12 5:11 AM
mssewcrazy said...
Great idea-never saw this before any place!
2/14/12 9:56 AM
mb230slk2000qazwsx said...
Brilliant
2/9/12 10:47 PM
solosmocker said...
Brilliant!
2/5/12 6:48 PM
Debbi S said...
I like this one!
2/5/12 6:06 PM
Loreli said...
Thankyou so much for this good tip!!!!
2/4/12 1:12 PM
ladybegood said...
Thanks! I dread threading elastic, but now I'm looking forward to trying this tip!
2/1/12 12:54 PM
Kathy in NM said...
Great idea! I just had this experience of the wide elastic curling.
1/31/12 11:50 AM
zuzu_petal said...
Thank you SO much!
1/31/12 6:56 AM
Home Grown Mama said...
Great tip! Thank you.
1/31/12 4:00 AM
kws said...
What an interesting idea. Thanks.
1/30/12 5:34 PM
sewsally said...
Perfect -- even if I use a bodkin.
1/30/12 1:08 PM
Barbara R said...
This tip definitely falls into the why-didn't-I-think-of-that category!
1/30/12 12:23 PM
Barbara3 said...
Very clever!
1/30/12 10:44 AM
elsew said...
You are an absolute genius! What a fantastic tip...thans for sharing this one!
1/30/12 10:16 AM
anika said...
What a great idea. Thank you for sharing it.
1/30/12 8:49 AM
RLL said...
Well that is just pretty darn brilliant!
1/30/12 8:25 AM
genierita said...
Clever you! I'll remember this one. I get many requests to replace elastic in my alterations work. Thanks so much. Rita
1/30/12 7:54 AM
Clareew said...
Great, I will give this a try this week.
1/30/12 2:33 AM
Pam Padilla said...
Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.
1/30/12 1:15 AM
tod said...
This is a great idea. I am going to try it the next time I insert elastic in my pants.
1/30/12 1:01 AM
tod said...
This is a great idea. I am going to try it the next time I insert elastic in my pants.
1/30/12 1:00 AM
deesews said...
You are so clever. I love your solution!!
1/30/12 0:41 AM
Judy Kski said...
I will try this the next time I'm inserting wide elastic. Thanks!
1/30/12 0:05 AM
beginagain said...
What a great idea.
1/29/12 7:35 PM
 
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