Added Jul 25, 2010
Orange County, C...
After seeing so much information online about shirring with elastic thread, I decided to try my hand at it. I made a shirred garment years ago but don’t remember the outcome. As I researched this topic online and in sewing books, I found a lot of conflicting ideas about how to wind the bobbin, stitch length, etc. I tested what I read and came to some interesting conclusions I’m happy to share. In addition, I came up with my own method for shirring fabric, then cutting into the shirring to create the scoop neck and armholes for my white gauze dress without all the elastic threads popping! I used knit ribbing to finish the scoop neck which still allows it to stretch but also gives it stability. Find out how I made this dress – click the link below in credits.
Tip: An easy way to start winding elastic tightly on the bobbin is to thread the elastic through the bobbin hole then secure it with a small piece of thread to the outside. It will hold and allow you to continue winding. Don’t forget to remove the tape before loading the bobbin in the machine.
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