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Date: 8/3/08 4:30 PM

I have a Bernina 1150 MDA with the elasticator foot and have spent the afternoon trying to make a fitted tablecloth for my outdoor patio table. I cut the vinyl 2.5 inches larger than the shape of the table and stitched the elastic on close to the edge. Unfortunately the tablecloth is now too small. Any ideas what I did wrong? Should I just make it 3-3.5 inches larger or is there a trick to this technique?

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Date: 8/3/08 5:55 PM

Sounds like "going over the edge" ..... of the table ..... ate up the excess cloth...or is the elastic too tight?

I do not know of a formula for using this particular brand of accessory.

Is there any information in the Bernina manual?

Have you tried testing a strip of the fabric to see how much is "shrinks" when using the elasticator?

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Date: 8/3/08 8:04 PM

I've made fitted tablecloths for my patio table using the same technique. I cut mine about 4" bigger all the way around (so for a 36" circular table I cut a 44" circle of fabric). I used the elasticator foot but didn't stretch the elastic very much; I aimed for a gentle gather rather than a really tight squeeze.
Sometimes projects like these are simply trial and error; once you figure out the right settings you'll be able to churn them out quickly!
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Date: 8/3/08 8:50 PM

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I cut mine about 4" bigger all the way around (so for a 36" circular table I cut a 44" circle of fabric).


Wouldn't that be only 2" bigger all around??

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Date: 8/3/08 9:20 PM

No... I add 8" to the diameter. So, if the diameter of the table is 36", adding 8" makes it 44". At least, I think my math is correct! It would be like adding 4" to the radius... 18" radius plus 4" gives a 22" radius; double that to get 44" diameter.
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Date: 8/3/08 9:28 PM

You can tell (or maybe not!) that I've been working with numbers all weekend. My brain is fried, and so is my math.

Yes, 36 + 8 = 44.

In my stupor, I was doing 44 - 36 = 4.

Don't ask.

Crawling back under my paperwork now ....

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Date: 8/4/08 2:36 PM

I am thinking maybe I gathered the elastic too tight. The elasticator requires a turn of the screw to adjust this and is kind of trial and error. Unfortunately the Bernina manual doesn't really address this. Thanks for your response. I will try loosening the elastic gathering.

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Date: 8/4/08 2:39 PM

I will try the 4 in extra and loosening the elastic. It will be better to have it a little too big, than the other way around! Thanks for your help. Back to Joann's for some more vinyl.

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Date: 8/4/08 5:52 PM

Yes



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Date: 8/4/08 9:41 PM

I recently made a fitted flannel backed vinyl tablecloth for my oak kitchen table -- the table is oval (and my math skills suck) so I laid the vinyl with the flannel side up on the table and used a piece of chalk to outline the top of the table onto the flannel. Then I took a tape measure and measured from the top edge of the table, around the edge and to the spot where I expected the elastic to sit. I added that amount (for me 3") + 3/4" for the elastic all the way around the circumference.

I cut the elastic about 2/3 of the circumference measurement (circ. measured 180", I cut my elastic 120"). I serged the elastic to the wrong side and then folded over and top-stitched with a zig zag. It fits good and I've now bought a couple more pieces of vinyl so I can have a different look when I want.

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