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When you're at the end of your work, reverse and continue with the third row of pleats. Since I only made three rows of dots, I don't need to alternate between two marked rows for this last row of stitching. If you've decided to smock a bigger surface you can do the third and fourth row of stitching in the same way as the first two.

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    Apr 24, 2011, 08.04 AMby Sara Wyant

    I don’t think it would stretch if you were to use elastic. Unless you used a fabric with a stretch to it. I don’t think it would look as nice if it were made out of a knit though. I think you have to just put in a zipper.

    I’m totally making a skirt with this waistband for my next project.

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    Apr 18, 2011, 09.46 PMby graceeliza

    any news on the elastic thread attempt?! i was wondering the same.. :)

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    Apr 16, 2011, 10.31 AMby rensz

    Hi Reachan,

    I don’t know, because I’ve never tried smocking with elastic thread. I think that it will be a bit more difficult to keep the pleats in place with elastic thread. If you really want to know what happens, I would recommend you to first try out the technique with elastic thread on a piece of scrap fabric that you’ve got lying around. Please let me know what the result is if you try it, because I’m curious how smocking works out that way!

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    Apr 15, 2011, 03.02 PMby Danielka Ta

    If you smock using elastic thread, will it still keep that perfect honeycomb shape while giving me a little more stretch room for dressing?

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