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9thLife
« on: May 16, 2009 09:39:00 AM »

So, I have been working with FOE lately, and it is my new BFF.  Except I am having troubles sometimes when I try to use it for things like waistbands or the bottom for some bloomers.  I am using a satin stitch, and I have even extended the length a from 1.0 to 2.0 on my machine because that seemed to help a little letting it keep its elasticity.  But it seems to be that when I stretch it out to stitch... the end result seems to be that the stitches are keeping the elastic from shrinking back.  If that makes any sense.  Any advise would be great!  Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2009 11:19:08 AM »

From what I know about FOE, I haven't worked with it personally, I thought you are to use a narrow zig zag stitch with FOE. 

This tute on FOE might help
http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/07/foe-fold-over-e.html

and a video by angry chicken
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc4BLL2MhVY
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soorawn
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2009 04:11:27 PM »

That's right.  It's elastic, so you should use a zig zag stitch, same as with elastic fabric and knits.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009 04:48:23 AM »

Well, I'm using what I think is called the satin stitch, the zigzag that is made up of little stitches.  But I'm gonna definetly look at the tut and video!  Thanks very mush!
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009 06:30:33 AM »

A satin stitch is a zigzag, yes, but it's a much tighter one.  There are too many stitches in a small space, and they hold your elastic stretched out.  You're always going to lose a little of the elasticity, but with a regular zigzag stitch, you'll still have plenty of stretch.  For reference, a zigzag usually looks like this:  /\/\/\/\/ on your fabric, while a satin stitch is so tight, it looks more like straight up and down lines.  The symbols for both, on my machine, look almost identical.
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009 09:48:00 AM »

I think i'll just have to try a regular zigzag then... But the stitch I was calling a satin stitch isn't straight up and down.. it has the same distance like a zigzag... but uhm... here's a picture!  Lol.  Too bad I'm off work so I'm away from my machine Sad



So yeah... I'll just have to goof around with it some more.  Thankies!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009 09:55:00 AM »

I think i'll just have to try a regular zigzag then... But the stitch I was calling a satin stitch isn't straight up and down.. it has the same distance like a zigzag... but uhm... here's a picture!  Lol.  Too bad I'm off work so I'm away from my machine Sad

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/stitch3.JPG

So yeah... I'll just have to goof around with it some more.  Thankies!

What you are using is a 3-step zig zag. That's what I use for my FOE on diaper covers. I haven't had a problem with it. If you want it to be stretchy in certain areas it's best to stretch the FOE slightly while stitching and keep the fabric unstretched. That's how I do the leg holes on my diaper covers.
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9thLife
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009 01:33:55 PM »

Thanks!
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rvestal
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009 07:30:54 PM »

I'm assuming that the "1 to 2" is in mm. That's your problem for sure. When I'm using FOE, I usually will use 9mm for 3 step zigzag and 5-6mm for a standard zigzag. What works best (and I just learned this recently) is to leave the FOE open and on the bottom and stitch the bottom side with the zigzag. Then fold it over, go back over it again stretching it REALLY far and use just a straight stitch (4mm or more) on top. That way it still stretches but has a clean look on the right side. Plus it's tons easier to get everything aligned during the first part. Really handy if you have to make curves and corners.
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2009 09:07:17 AM »

. . .That way it still stretches but has a clean look on the right side. Plus it's tons easier to get everything aligned during the first part. Really handy if you have to make curves and corners.

That is a really great tip, rvestal!
Thanks for sharing it and I cannot wait to try it
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