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« on: September 17, 2009 07:42:00 AM »

I have a number of old but want-to-keep pants and summer skirts with (fairly-wide) elastic which has stretched out over the years and I've put off doing something about them too long.  They're mostly the type which have more than one row of stitching all the way through the elastic and casing.

I've tried ripping the rows of stitching out of the fabric covering them (with both a regular seam ripper and a flat one which is marginally better) but that just takes waaaay too long.  
I've also thought of just cutting off the whole elastic-waist area and replacing with a fabric tube and more elastic or even a drawstring (most won't show so could be any color), but I think that should be a last resort.

Anyone else have any ideas for how the current elastic could be cut and "re-tightened" or for how well just putting new elastic right over/under/in-a-casing/etc would work, or just have any other options to suggest??

TIA!

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009 12:53:37 PM »

I understand your frustration with ripping out elastic that take so much time, but here's a thought... do you ever watch tv, wait at a doctor's office, sit at long red lights? You'll get that stuff ripped out in no time!
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009 01:03:22 PM »

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... do you ever watch tv, wait at a doctor's office, sit at long red lights? You'll get that stuff ripped out in no time!

Unfortunately I have a *lot* of waistbands to do, and I also have fibromyalgia which can sometimes flare up when I do repetitive motions... that's why I'm looking for alternatives. Thanks though.

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2009 04:29:16 PM »

I hate when the elastic is sewn through, especially multiple times. It's SO hard to get out. I would just cut off the elastic and add a new waistband. Adding more elastic over it might make the waistband too bulky.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009 08:11:47 PM »

I would fish the old elastic out & replace it with new elastic or a drawstring.
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2009 03:40:53 PM »

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I would fish the old elastic out & replace it with new elastic or a drawstring.

Thanks for responding... that method is great for any elastics in a simple casing, but unfortunately won't work for the elastics I'm asking about which are also sewn through the back and front of casing (as well as through the elastic) all the way along the length of the elastic.

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2009 07:30:21 PM »

Like elastic thread smocking?    I have no idea.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2009 02:18:47 PM »

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Like elastic thread smocking?

Not really... that would be easier to remove for one thing!  

The elastic I'm talking about is the wide kind used for waistbands, etc, and the stitching goes all the way through it and both sides of the fabric casing (often in several rows, sometimes zigzag).  

Here's just one example, though it's a very thick fabric compared to most of the items I'd want to fix:
http://www.anacondasports.com/wcsstore/anaconda10/images/a4204_lge.jpg

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