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« on: August 19, 2007 03:35:49 AM »

I'm making a little dress for my niece. The problem I am having is I don't know how to cut the elastic.  The pattern says to use the elastic guide to determine the length of the elastic, so I did, and it was 19 inches long (newborn), I got it worked through, but not all  of it is going into the casing, there's 10 inches left , and no matter how I work it it won't pull through.  Huh My question is this : When you cut elastic do you stretch it when measuring for the length, or do you just lie it out then cut it (which is what I did).  I'm just worried because the dress is very gathered, and although it does stretch out to the width of the dress, I don't won't it to be too tight for my niece to wear.  PLEASE PLEASE help me! thank!
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2007 06:38:07 AM »

I lie it flat and cut the measurement. 

Sometimes sewing the two ends of the elastic together (to form a circle) after it's been threaded through the casing and then pulling the garment tightly helps feed the rest of the elastic through.   Your elastic might just be caught on a seem somewhere preventing the whole thing to go though properly.

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