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shirring elastic

rsolish | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

To all
What is shirring elastic? I want to sew a blouse for my daughter and it calls for shirring elastic.
i went to the sewing store (israel) with no idea how to say it in hebrew and they didn’t have a clue what i wanted!! is there some description so i can recognise it or can i just use wide elastic?

From Netanya


  1. mygaley | | #1

    I'm guessing you are either looking for an elastic thread, which is thread over an elastic core, or perhaps clear elastic.  The procedure outlined in the pattern directions should give you a clue and perhaps even help the shopowner recommend something.  In any case, Google shirring with elastic and I'll bet you find something.   Galey

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Shirring elastic is sometimes called elasticized or rubberized thread. It's about as thick as cotton crochet thread, and you use it as the bobbin thread while using regular thread on the other side of a line of stitching across the garment.

    Running several lines of this stitching across a bodice produces a lovely and soft shirring effect with a stretchability that means you may not need a zipper or button opening. It's very, very comfortable, too.

    Shirring elastic is sold in spools in a package in the notions section of fabric stores. If you can't find it, you might be able to achieve the same effect with very thin elastic, but some machines have problems stitching through elastic. Since shirring elastic operates as thread, you don't have to stitch through it; it becomes the stitch.

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