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Posted by: Lisa Laree
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Posted on: 11/15/03 11:31 AM
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On my most recent Kwik-Sew top, the directions specified to use clear elastic to stabilize the neckline. Well, I found myself to be fresh out of clear elastic, but found that I had a package of nylon/lycra seam binding. I cut a strip to length, trimmed it to 1/2" wide and used it in place of the clear elastic. Not only did it work great, but it was MUCH easier to handle than the clear elastic. I don't think you could use the lycra as a substitute in every case, but as a stretchy stabilizer it will be my choice over CE from now on.

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firstmate said... (12/25/04 8:01 AM) Reply
Excellent hint and just when I needed it.
Lisa Laree said... (1/25/04 1:36 PM) Reply
Well, for some reason the link won't work. But if you go to the Stretch and Sew website, click on 'notions' and scroll down. The lyrca binding is there. HTH!
Lisa Laree said... (1/25/04 1:34 PM) Reply
Hm. Trying again...
Lisa Laree said... (1/25/04 1:33 PM) Reply
Casey, the KS pattern I referred to is Kwik Sew 2856. I bought the lycra in a package absolutely ages ago; it was marketed by Stretch & Sew; I *think* I got it from Sew Sassy, but it's available directly from Stretch and Sew (I just checked the website:
casey said... (1/24/04 9:17 PM) Reply
great tip Lisa !! Where can I find lycra seam binding? Does it come flat or foldover? I would like the number of the K.S. pattern you refer to .I like using them very much.
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