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Subject: Elastic Date: 6/28/12 12:48 PM

I've been searching for narrow width elastic, and noticed on the Joann site that there's one labeled Stretchrite, but the image shows a Dritz package! Does anyone know if they are actually the same brand? (The packaging I've seen would indicate otherwise.)I've read comments to avoid the clear Stretchrite, but if anyone has anything positive to say about it I'd like to hear since it's difficult to purchase the Lastin brand. I found an alternative online for $1.50 put in a shopping cart, but US shipping came up $10.95!! Thanks!


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Date: 6/29/12 5:49 PM

Dritz and Stretchrite appear to be unrelated brands. Dritz is part of the Prym Corporation, and Stretchrite is part of Dyno.

I've used both Lastin and Stretch Rite and haven't noticed any difference in performance between the two brands. Clear elastic is clear elastic, regardless of whether the product promotes itself as "the quality elastic" or not.

I store my clear elastic in a double set of zip lock bags to keep the elastic from degrading. If you can't find clear elastic in your local stores, you can order it fromCleaner's Supply, which has a flat rate shipping charge of $3.83.

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Date: 6/29/12 8:05 PM

Thanks so much for the very helpful information, Nancy. I haven't sewn a lot of knits and am really looking forward to trying a notion/technique that's new to me!

(apparently it's just a glitch on the Joann site)

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Date: 6/29/12 8:35 PM

Pam (of Off-the-Cuff blog fame) is a quality fanatic, so when I can, I always let her preference be my guide. Pam's Elastic: Pam's Elastic

And if you've never tried her interfacings, treat yourself to a few. They're on sale until Saturday night.

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Date: 6/30/12 8:13 AM

The best use of clear elastic is to stabilize the shoulders of knits that don't have a lot of lycra in them. An easy way to attach the elastic 1/8" basting tape and then turn the fabric so the taped elastic side is face down when it runs through the sewing machine or serger. Some people try to use clear elastic in other ways, but I don't think those other ways work very well.

By the way, when you're on the Cleaner's website, be sure to check out their Gutermann thread and Organ needles. They have excellent prices.

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Date: 7/1/12 1:47 PM

The particular pattern I have calls for 1/4" to be used to gather the waistline on a cotton jersey cardigan. (There's a bodice with 'skirt' attached.) I suppose that's because the inside will show if the cardigan is left open. It's good to know I can get some other use out of the leftover elastic.

I'm appreciative to have discovered the Cleaner's website thanks to you, but as a result, I also learned that last week I paid twice as much at another online shop for another one of the notions! Oh well!

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Date: 7/1/12 1:52 PM

Thanks for the recommendation, Karla. I'll check that site out too since I'm always looking for good garment interfacing.

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Date: 7/1/12 3:50 PM

The good news is that next time you decide to order sewing supplies online, you won't have to overpay. You should also check out the Wawak website, as well. Wawak and Cleaner's are owned by the same company, and Wawak carries even more items for tailoring.

Good luck with your cardigan.

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