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Elastic tape for setting in sleeves

Coutureforme | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello everyone,

Recently I purchased what is a new item for me, clear elastic tape, which I understand can be used for gathering, easing, etc. I would like to use this to set in sleeves. Cany anyone give me a step by step procedure for using this tape in setting in sleeves. Thanks.

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  1. emkay | | #1

    I wouldn't use this to set in sleeves. Ease should be controled by drawing up stitches on the sleeve cap for a smooth fit. Elastic serves no purpose in an armhole.

  2. SewingWriter | | #2

    Sounds as if you have the product confused with Seams Great, a bias-cut nylon tape. Some sewers like to machine baste Seams Great to the sleeve cap, stretching it slightly. When it relaxes, it gathers the sleeve cap. Depending on the fabric type, the concentration of the gathers may be hit or miss, which is why drawing up threads may be preferrable -- you have more control.

    Don't discard the clear elastic! It's useful when sewing knit garments. Use it to stabilize shoulder seams or to turn the edge of a neckline.



    Edited 10/17/2005 7:45 am ET by SewingWriter

    1. Coutureforme | | #3

      I think you may be right, in that I have the products confused.  That idea was something I THOUGHT I read somewhere, and probably they were talking about SeamsGreat.  Normally, to set in sleeves I do not even thread gather, but rather using many silk pins, distribute the ease by hand, then put a temporary baste directly on the seam line, then baste above and below the temporary basting.  Remove the basting along the seamline and sew.  Sounds fussy, but since doing it this way I have had no problems whatsewever and have never had to resew a sleeve.

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