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Hi Everyone,

I’m working on a project that has a cincher/corset thingy and some arm bracers. Those are made and the instructions say to use 1/4" (6mm) lacing to put through the eyelets to tie them up. The lacing that I saw was decorative and not used as string to tie things up. Saw some ribbon that I might be able to use but wasn’t sure if that was the same. So as the topic title says, are lacing and ribbon the same?

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    Sep 6, 2017, 12.54 PMby Deanna31

    You can use ribbon or anything really, but usually lacing is made by cutting strips on the bias, folding the strips in half, sewing a seam allowance, then turning it through so that the seam allowance is on the inside. You can either make a round (roulete) lacing or flat. For flat, the seam allowance needs to be smaller then the width of the lacing (usually about 5cm wide). For roulete, I would probably cut the strips 2.5cm wide, fold in half, then sew 4mm away from fold. All the excess seam allowance is then squashed into the inside when pulled through, to make it sit rounded (its a little tricky when first trying to pull through). You can purchase a special loop turner to do the job easier:

    https://www.spotlightstores.com/sewing-fabrics/haberdashery/needles/birch-loop-turner/p/80054657?gclid=Cj0KCQjwub7NBRDJARIsAP7wlT8eb0EXxNORU9ulU2SzoL1UuHQlrJg5V8mKNL03He1RPhUJR1hRmEYaAjcTEALw_wcB

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    Sep 24, 2017, 08.46 AMby Nefertiiri

    lacing and ribbon are not the same, but you can swap in one for the other. choose based on how much strength you need (twill or grosgrain ribbon are very strong). lacing can be more decorative and will match as you can make it from your design fabric. I personally HATE sewing roulette, as it’s a bit of work to nail the right seam allowance so it’s neither too small or too big, and I’m clumsy trying to turn it right side out - but you get a nice matching lace when you’re done.

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