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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > elastic in spaghetti straps ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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elastic in spaghetti straps
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Date: 4/9/06 11:45 PM

I seem to remember seeing directions for making spaghetti straps with elastic enclosed inside. If I am remembering correctly, the elastic was stitched in as the seam of the strap was sewn, then turned somehow, not pulled through afterwards. Has anyone seen or used directions like these? I'm thinking that maybe they were in an issue of Threads? I would like to use this technique with 3/8 wide elasice inside the straps of a sundress for dd, I just can't remember where I saw it.

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Date: 4/10/06 1:12 AM

it's after 1am, so please bear with me. There were directions about this in a recent Threads magazine. In the Tips and Tricks.

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Date: 4/14/06 4:43 AM

"Easy, elasticized swimsuit straps" in Threads #123 (March 2006), p. 18.

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Date: 4/14/06 7:21 PM

Thank You!

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Date: 4/15/06 3:24 AM

Waahhh! I don't have this issue, but would love to know the trick! Anyone care to describe it?

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Date: 4/15/06 1:36 PM

Well, roughly:

you cut the strap fabric as long as you want it but twice as wide as the elastic plus seam allowances and a little ease. You fold the fabric RS together and sew to the edge of the elastic, then flip inside out. This is for stretchy fabric... but I guess it would work for a bias strip?

It's one of those "oh duh, I wish I'd thought of that!" things!

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Date: 4/16/06 5:13 AM

Sounds simple enough. Thanks!!

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Date: 4/17/06 1:07 AM

Another way of doing it is to cut the fabric to the right length plus a bit, and sew it right side in enclosing the elastic, but leaving a tail of elastic the same length as the finished strap. When sewn, pull the strap over this exposed tail to enclose it, and cut off the now-exposed elastic. You start sewing across the width of the elastic first so it's anchored when you turn through. I did this recently, and it worked really well. I started with a long length of elastic, worked out where the strap would reach to, and started sewing the strap from just beyond that point. I think the point of this method is to easily make the casing exactly the same size as the elastic, and turning over elastic is easier than threading it through. Hope that made some sense - it's easier to do than explain.

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