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How do I do smocking with elastic thread?

I want to learn how to smock using elastic and a sewing machine. Any help?

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estuvam (author)2009-09-25

there is a book called " the art of manipulating fabric" that gives really excellent directions.

threadbare (author)estuvam2009-09-26

I will check this out. I love how-to books.

threadbare (author)threadbare2009-09-30

I did check that book out and it is exactly what I'm looking for thank you.

estuvam (author)threadbare2009-10-05

GOOD! i adore that book, it's so cool! -e

writerlady (author)2009-09-18

are you wanting to do true smocking - a pattern type, or simply gather the fabric for stretch?

threadbare (author)writerlady2009-09-30

No, I'm looking for the kind of smocking that uses elastic as the bottom thread.

Re-design (author)2009-09-18

Your material needs to be atleast twice as long as you want the final to be. Pin the elastic and material together at the starting point to make sure you get a good start. Stretch the elastic and line the material up and start sewing. I forget what the stitch is called but it's a loose stitch that will move with the elastic. Try this on scrap material so you can gauge how much stretch and give the material will have. Good luck.

hkp18 (author)2009-09-18

I will suggest you to give up smocking. it is bad habit....