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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2007 12:43:21 PM »

This looks so nice! So professional! I'm surprised you don't have some fashion line that all the top celebrities wear!

Anyway, perfect- love the material and style.

Was the edge elastic difficult to handle while folding and sewing down?
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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2007 01:09:04 PM »

Oh my gosh! I's just a hobby (for now  Grin )

The folded elastic already has a line in the middle that it naturally folds over, so the fabric is placed in between the elastic, with the middle line at the edge of the fabric. It is fairly easy to sew it, either with a zig zag stitch or an elastic straight stitch, close to the fabric, not to the edge. A double or twin needle does the job very well, creating two straight stitches on the right side and a zig zag on the wring side, that also prevents the fabric in between from fraying.

A serger that does a coverstitch is best for this. I think that there are some guide feet specialized for guiding the elastic, similar to the ones for bias tape...

I pin the beginning of the seam and then stretch the elastic to be the same length as the fabric, and keep pushing the fabric into the elastic V with my left hand thumb.

UUUff..is this explanation even readable? I'll have to make a video next Time I do this. It's a great way to finish off hems, at the neck line and blouse sleeves. I use this also for underwear..
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2007 01:32:39 PM »

grrrrreat! (as tony the tiger would say).  ya, it's just fantabulous.  i'm jealous
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2007 07:44:36 PM »

Super stretchy fabric like that scares me!  I don't think I could be brave enough to try making a swimsuit, but seeing this is really great! Kudos to you!
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2007 11:53:45 AM »

Oh my gosh! I's just a hobby (for now  Grin )

The folded elastic already has a line in the middle that it naturally folds over, so the fabric is placed in between the elastic, with the middle line at the edge of the fabric. It is fairly easy to sew it, either with a zig zag stitch or an elastic straight stitch, close to the fabric, not to the edge. A double or twin needle does the job very well, creating two straight stitches on the right side and a zig zag on the wring side, that also prevents the fabric in between from fraying.

A serger that does a coverstitch is best for this. I think that there are some guide feet specialized for guiding the elastic, similar to the ones for bias tape...

I pin the beginning of the seam and then stretch the elastic to be the same length as the fabric, and keep pushing the fabric into the elastic V with my left hand thumb.

UUUff..is this explanation even readable? I'll have to make a video next Time I do this. It's a great way to finish off hems, at the neck line and blouse sleeves. I use this also for underwear..

lol, I got the gist of it.. I don't have a twin/double needle though (or a serger), so I'd have to look more into that..

Where do you find this elastic that folds over on its own? Or does it just have vertical lines that follow the stretch, and you just fold it over yourself?

Thank you for explaining all of that!
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2007 11:44:43 AM »

You're so talented. I'm always so impressed by your work. I originally thought the photo was a designer pic from a website or mag. Beautiful fabric. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2007 03:22:55 PM »

Wow, this is really beautiful. You did a wonderful job.
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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2007 04:19:02 PM »

Well...I get my fold over elastic from a local shop (Ben Raymond in downtown Hollywood, FL, by the way the shop is being sold...hope the keep the merchandise) or it can be found online.

Here's another thread on a different forum about finishing edges

Fold over elastic online

Another online shop...
I have not ordered anything from them...but look into it...I'm sure you'll find something similar.

Without the twin needle or fancy sewing machines, you can just sew it with a zigzag stitch. A straight stitch's thread would break when stretching the fabric.
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