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