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March 10th, 2007 at 9:10 am

Using Clear Elastic to Stablize a Shoulder Seam

in: Sewing
Stablizing a shoulder seam with clear elastic 1
Cut your clear elastic longer than your shoulder seam. The clear elastic is NOT pinned to the fabric.
Stablizing a shoulder seam with clear elastic 2
Insert your clear elastic into the serger so that the end bumps up against the needles. I’m using a 4-thread overlock stitch. Serge onto the elastic.
Stablizing a shoulder seam with clear elastic 3
I don’t know if you can see it; I can’t. I’ve serged onto the elastic. So far, the only thing on the serger is the elastic.
Stablizing a shoulder seam with clear elastic 4
Flip the elastic back so that’s out of the way. You are going to insert your garment under the elastic.
Stablizing a shoulder seam with clear elastic 5
The shoulder isnow ready to be serged. I’m using a 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) seam allowance which is just about the width from the cutting knife to the left needle, so I do NOT cut any fabric off.
Stablizing a shoulder seam with clear elastic 6
You can fuss with the placement of the elastic so that it’s all encased in the serger threads. I find that’s not worth the effort. I’ve never been chafed by shoulder elastic.


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