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Kwik Sew elastic application method
A simple fix, I hope?
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Date: 6/30/12 12:21 PM

I have been having a problem with the application of elastic using the Kwik Sew zigzag, turn, zigzag method. It doesn't happen every time, which is extra annoying because, as techie DH says, nothing is harder to fix than an intermittent problem.

The elastic usually lies nice and flat against a neckline, but sometimes the elastic bows outward, even after the garment is on the wearer. My best guess is that the elastic needs to be a bit shorter, making the ratio a bit less than 1:1?

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Date: 6/30/12 1:05 PM

With armholes and necklines I always use less than 1 to 1. I cut the elastic 1 to one, then slightly stretch it when going around curves, like a neckline scoop or underarm.
On swimwear I will do the topstitching with a zigzag, but for a knit top, I stopstitch with a straight stitch. I also never use a knit stitch or 3 step zigzag. I think adding all that extra thread stretches things out.
For a quick fix on you project, just unpick the front, shorten the elastic and restitch and don't touch the back.

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Date: 6/30/12 1:20 PM

Thanks Diane - good to know my instinct was right. I just measured the elastic for the leg openings and made sure to give it a slight stretch (elastic, not fabric). Since it is not for me, I don't have the body on hand to measure, though we are pretty close in size.

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Date: 6/30/12 2:15 PM

Most of the time I use a little less than 1:1 on neckline -- I find for the necklines that a gentle scoop (think more of a boatneck) will come in close to 1:1 but the deeper the scoop gets the lesser the ratio gets (does that make sense).

Armholes are usually pretty darn close to the 1:1.

Off to check out your blog (and your dress progress).



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Date: 6/30/12 3:41 PM

When I apply elastic to leg holes, I sew the front 1:1, and the back gets stretched a Lot. Now I don't remember if I learned this from KwikSew or Stretch&Sew.

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Date: 6/30/12 4:07 PM

Mary - this was a real find for me. To get the back of a body suit to stay in place was the best. DH says the shirts I have made him for dancing fit significantly better than the RTW. He does have a long torso, which makes him a challenge to fit, but having the anchor point on the back of the leg opening makes life much more comfortable! I also really prefer this fit, though DD and I were discussing it the other day and she hates the whole idea of it and just wants things to lie flat. So even though we have similar body types and I would have predicted she wanted that fit, it is not for everyone.

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Date: 6/30/12 4:12 PM

I think Stretch&Sew taught the "stretch like hell" on the back panty method.

diane is correct, elastic bowing outwards means too much elastic for the fabric.

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