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Posted on: 12/18/07 9:34 AM
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I was trying to run a relatively short piece of narrow (1/4") elastic through a narrow, very long casing at the top of a gathered bodice. PR member goodworks1 directed me to an idea posted a couple of years ago by another member, pittysmom (, which is to use a large plastic yarn needle to pull the elastic through the casing. I did a variation on this technique -- I threaded the elastic through the eye and tied the threaded end in a secure knot just under the eye of the needle.
But that's really just a variation on someone else's tip. My own tip is this -- to keep from losing the elastic as I pulled it though the long casing, I tied about a yard of sturdy yarn to the other end of the elastic (the free end). I was able to run the elastic through the casing in a matter of minutes -- and with no worries about having to fetch a lost end!
P.S. Since the ends of the elastic may get a bit gnarly when you tie them to the needle/the yarn, you might want to use a couple of extra inches of elastic (it may help to make a mark on the elastic to remind yourself what the suggested elastic length is for your size).

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vasallese said...
Good idea. Thanks.
12/19/07 7:12 AM
TrixieD said...
I'll be using that tip today. thanks.
12/19/07 8:32 AM
denese said...
thankyou what if one just ties the elastic on the needle very firmly and pushes it through it does beat the nappy pins that often fly open well may because the only nappy pin i have in the house is 27 years old.
12/29/07 2:33 AM
Vintage Joan said...
>>what if one just ties the elastic on the needle very firmly and pushes it through<< Yes, that's basically what I did, but the yarn tied to the other end helps keep the elastic from getting lost in the casing. I'm impressed that you have 27-year-old nappy pins! :)
1/9/08 10:11 PM
Em's Summer said...
What a wonderful tip!
9/6/08 11:35 AM
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