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Date: 9/27/03 11:02 AM

I recently sewed w/Slinky for the first time.  I liked it & want to get more.  I now see that there are different kinds of slinky.  Can anyone give me a run down on what the different slinkys are & what type of garments they are best suited for??

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Date: 9/27/03 11:25 AM

Hi Geaux Tigers.  

Check out this thread: Slinky - I'm scared of it
It is very informative.

Some other Slinky threads:
care of acetate slinky
more slinky information
slinky for a t-shirt
how to sew w/ slinky
pattern selection

Threads (I think; maybe it was Sew News) had an article on travel fabrics, including slinky, and I think it was there that I read it is a good idea to lay out the fabric, then let it rest for up to a day so that it wouldn't be stretched out.  

I haven't actually sewn w/ slinky yet.  That is why I am still just reading all the info myself.

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Date: 9/27/03 12:28 PM

AnneM--Wow!!  These look great.  I can see that I am not going to get much housework done this weekend (too bad).  

I got my Slinky from fabric.com last year.  Didn't know what it was exactly but the price was right.  Turns out that it has sparkly stuff on it & will be great for evening wear.  I made a sleeveless top & the only problem was the top 3" of underarm sleeve gapes, so I have to rip that area out & redo.  The only thing I have read about Slinky is that you need to store the clothes folded, not on hangers.

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Date: 9/27/03 12:34 PM

Yes! You should let slinky rest on the table for 24 hours before cutting.  That way it relaxes and draws up a bit to where it 'wants' to be.  If you avoid this step, you may end up with pants that are short.
Sometimes the selvedges pull up a lot.  You need to clip the selvedges to get them to relax and not distort the cloth as well.
Ask me how I know...

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Date: 9/27/03 2:41 PM

One note about acetate slinky - you need to keep it away from acetone (nail polish remover, for example), which will dissolve acetate. I have a slinky shirt which somehow got a hole in the middle of the front where the fabric mostly dissolved leaving only a very thin mesh; I'm not sure what I got into, but I could have splashed some kind of household cleaner on it or something. If you aren't sure of the fiber content of a slinky knit, I guess you could test a scrap with some acetone to see if it is acetate.....

I did get some use out of the ruined shirt, by using it to test embossing methods. The embossing is really neat, and easy to do; I'm looking forward to trying it on garment.

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Date: 9/27/03 2:45 PM

After a while slinky does seem to give up the ghost.  Nikki I never thought it might be because I spilled something on my pants!  I thought I just wore them to death.  I did spill nail polish remover on a skirt I made and it melted, for lack of a better word.  It shrivelled and changed color and got stiff.  Very interesting science project, but not one I recommend.

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Date: 10/5/03 1:20 PM

If any of you are looking for Slinky, I just bought a bunch of manufacturer's remnants which I have for sale over on Ebay.  I will be picking up more later in the week - if you're looking for a particular color, please email me and I'll see what I can do.  I plan on taking all they have except for a nude/tan color that I didn't think anyone would want.  It would be nice for lingerie, now that I think of it - oh well.

Because the warehouse was so dusty and dirty I felt compelled to wash it all first so it's all been preshrunk.

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Date: 10/5/03 1:41 PM

Gigi,
I was just looking at your auctions.  Is this the kind of fabric I could use for bathing suits and leotards?

Leah

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Date: 10/5/03 2:12 PM

Leah, Slinky is really better suited to tops, skirts, dresses and pants.  For swimsuits and leotards you want to use something like nylon/lycra or polyester/lycra - these fabrics will generally be labelled swimsuit lycra.  Yes, Slinky has a lot of stretch but it would be far too revealing in such a fitted garment, plus I don't think it would fare so well in chlorinated water - it is acetate/lycra, after all.  The olive and purple knits I have, on the other hand, would do well for what you have in mind.

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Date: 10/5/03 4:50 PM

Ohhh, I love that blue / purple slinky!  Oh, wait a minute, I mean - I hate it and no one else would ever want to put in a bid for it (except me).    ;)    

Seriously, how would you describe the weight of the slinky?  (Keeping in mind that I have limited experience, so I'm not certain what weight I am looking for.)

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