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edging w/stretch lace questions

SherryV | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi all,

Is there any special secret to handling stretch lace for finishing an edge (like necklines & armholes on a t shirt?) Should it be applied flat? In the round? I’m assuming I would need to cut it shorter than the opening, like it’s done with a self-fabric band or ribbing. Thanks!

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  1. mem | | #1

    This is an interesting question and i don't think there is a definitive answer. I always attach it with one should er sewn together and then attach it on the flat Its really important to divide the length of your elastic into 1/4 and the neck into quarters and then match up the markings This means that you will get the lace pulling in on the parts of the neckline which need to be brought in . As to the ratio If the garment fabric has a lot of rebound and is very stretchy I would go for a ratio which is closer to or is 1:1. If there is less stretch I might cut the elastic a little shorter. I guess that you will have to try it . I generally apply the lace flat and then trim away the excess. Remember that you are substituting the lace for the garment fabric and so you need to think about the placement line . Marking the placement line first works really well . I use a large stitch length starlight stitch which I then pull out .

    1. SherryV | | #2

      Thanks, Mem.  I'm really looking forward to trimming some knit tanks and camisoles this way.  :)

       

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