Use Couched Elastic to Create a Ruched Effect
This technique by Mary Ray from "Teach Yourself to Sew: Indispensable elastics," Threads #173 (June/July 2014), is great for creating a textured embellishment on a garment.
1. Set the machine for a zigzag stitch, and set the stitch width and length to 2 mm or 3 mm. Use a cording foot or a foot with a groove on the bottom, which provides room for the cord to pass through.
|2. Couch the beading elastic. From the garment's wrong side, center the cord under the presser foot, leaving a tail of elastic at the beginning and end. Zigzag-stitch over the cord carefully so the needle doesn't penetrate it. As you sew, do not stretch the elastic.|
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