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Elastic thread

sewgal2 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I have started teaching a basic clothing construction class at my local quilt shop.  One of my students has asked about using elastic thread.  I’ve never used it and don’t know how to answer her.  What size needle? Do you need to change the upper tension?  Her application is to add a scarf to a neckline. 


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    Becky-book | | #1

    I have only used elastic thread in the bobbin, not the needle.  And yes, I do reduce the bobbin tension significantly! Must experiment to get the right combination of tensions (upper & lower) and stitch length.


    1. sewgal2 | | #2

      Thank you for the info.  I'll pass it on.  It's great to have a place to ask questions and get good answers.

  2. suesew | | #3

    You may even have to skip putting the elastic through the bobbin tension. And since the needle thread goes around the bobbin elastic thread to make the stitch, you can actually adjust the amount of gathering by pulling on the elastic thread. Just remember to give yourself extra thread on both ends to grab on to. And multiple rows work better than a single one.

    1. sewgal2 | | #6

      I will pass this info on to the lady.  Thanks for all the help.  I also told her about Threads Gatherings Discussions.  She has a computer and I hope she will use this forum. 

  3. Ralphetta | | #4

    I'm trying to picture how a scarf at a neckline would use elastic thread??

    1. sewgal2 | | #5

      The lady said that the one she saw was shirred into the neckline and that was what she wanted to copy.

      1. Teaf5 | | #7

        Does she know that shirring and gathering is usually done with just regular thread?

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