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Posted on: 3/8/14 7:44 AM
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I have a huge supply of foldover elastic, collected before I discovered that I don't LIKE foldover elastic. I'm also not a fan of clear elastic, though sometimes I wrestle with it because it adds reinforcement to the fold-and-topstitch edges on knits. A few weeks ago, when I just couldn't face the clear elastic battle, I pulled out a length of fairly weightless FOE, and cut it lengthwise along its manufactured fold line. I tugged on it after it was cut, and sure enough, it frayed badly along the cut edge. I peeled away the fray strings, stretched it a few more times until it surrendered and stopped fraying. Serged along the neckline and sleeve edges of a knit dress, it created a firm, but very flat and pliable edge when concealed inside the folded fabric. I was pleased enough with it that I cut and stretched more of it, so its ready to go the next time I need it.

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Doris W. in TN said... (3/20/15 8:24 AM) Reply
"Off-label use" ---- LOL! Thank you for sharing this info!
cindyann said... (3/26/14 10:19 AM) Reply
Great tip, Karla!! I'm not a fan of FOE either. To me it looks like something you'd put on the edge of a little girls undershirt.
Sewandwrite said... (3/19/14 2:09 PM) Reply
YAY! Now I know what to do with the FOE I have that looks so crappy when applied to a neckline.
HeyJane said... (3/9/14 3:31 PM) Reply
Great idea. I have a stash of this also that I've never used.
Flying Seamstress said... (3/9/14 11:09 AM) Reply
Agree about both the clear elastic & FOE. TFS this awesome technique that I am definitely going to try!
ASiverson said... (3/9/14 10:18 AM) Reply
I would not have thought to try this. TFS!
CSM--Carla said... (3/9/14 8:54 AM) Reply
What a great idea. I bought a bunch of it when it was a 'fad'--discussed on a board here on PR. Never could get it to sit nicely on the edge of my garments. I will use my stash in this way. Thank you.
Pj3g said... (3/8/14 9:04 PM) Reply
Great idea!
ryan's mom said... (3/8/14 6:35 PM) Reply
Thanks, Karla! Such a great idea for my motherload of FOE. I'm not a huge fan of FOE and clear elastic either, although my one bra pattern calls for it. Other than that, now I know there is a use for much of it that will never get used.
Karla Kizer said... (3/8/14 11:11 AM) Reply
Barbara, I didn't know that Loes had used this method, too. And here I thought I was such a rebel....
sewme47 said... (3/8/14 10:00 AM) Reply
Great idea! I'm going to try this :-)
Barbara3 said... (3/8/14 9:54 AM) Reply
Thanks for sharing this technique. I don't recall it being mentioned here before. I mostly use clear elastic, but Loes Hinse taught this technique of using fold over elastic at her seminars some years ago, and sold a very soft variety of it. I agree that it works really well.
 
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