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Date: 3/4/07 8:13 PM

HELP!!! Does anyone have any tips for sewing clear elastic. My DD own's a dance studio and I sew most of her Uniforms and costumes.so have lots of experience making leotards etc. I generally use the woven elastic as i don't seem to have much success applying clear elastic, however I have recently been given a large quantity of clear elastic. I now remember why I don't use it!! please can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?? The elastic seems to slide along the fabric as I am applying it, making it uneven, sometimes it even slides off the side altogether.

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Date: 3/4/07 8:34 PM

There are some great tips are some tips if you search clear elastic. i tried to link the results page for you, but it didn't work. Search for clear elastic after clicking Sewing Tips and Techniques in the left hand side of the page. Have you tried using wash away wonder tape to apply the elastic before stitching?

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Date: 3/4/07 8:53 PM

To keep the CE from sliding along the fabric as you sew it....use either a clear plastic foot or a teflon foot.

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Date: 3/5/07 1:33 PM

Maybe this sounds crazy...

but I've been putting a strip of wash-away wonder tape exactly where I want the clear elastic to go. I then peel off the paper and stick on the clear elastic. It serves 2 purposes: it keeps the elastic from sliding all over, and also stabilizes the knit's edge while I sew, since the tape doesn't stretch. It has also eliminated one stitching step - I don't have to zig-zag the clear elastic on before I turn and stitch my edge/hem. It is exactly the same width as the 1/4-inch clear elastic and has worked great for me. It washes right out.

If I want a little "spring-back" in the neckline or whatever, I just slightly stretch the elastic as I stick it down.

hth

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Date: 3/5/07 1:46 PM

Thank you so much for this tip. I have no success with using clear elastic, your idea sounds like a winner!

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Date: 3/5/07 6:54 PM

just found this tip...

looks like I wasn't quite as creative as I though I swear...I ****did**** come up witht his idea on my own

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Date: 3/5/07 11:35 PM

Thank's for passing on the info, no matter where it came from.
I have tried to use clear elastic many times and have never had any luck with it. I'm going to try your idea this weekend on some knit tops I have cut out.

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Date: 3/6/07 10:54 AM

I had disasters with clear elastic until I used the wash away wonder tape.

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Date: 3/13/07 3:45 PM

Thank you so much for posting this tip. I definately am trying this on my next battle with clear elastic.

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Date: 3/13/07 3:56 PM

Use the triple zig zag stitch (the one that actually stitches two stitches toward left and then back to create the zig zag. ) If you use a regular zig zag stitch you will rip the elastic.

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