How-to Make a Summer Dress, Threadbanger

This week a special SewingTips 101 will show you how to shirr fabric and create a cool new summer dress.

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Comment by Tawny B. on June 24, 2010 at 9:17pm
I love this. It's a similar design to the one I think I'm going to use for my bridesmaid outfits. Perfect for a beach wedding :)
Comment by Sherri on June 24, 2010 at 5:20pm
Have never used elastic thread. I'm gonna go right now to grab one of those Goodwill Tee's that I buy and see what I can do with it...thanks for the tute!!!
Comment by coni mcneill on June 24, 2010 at 2:15pm
tried to make this but elastic would not gather. just sewed straight like regular thread. got any suggestions ?
Comment by CarolAnn on June 16, 2010 at 6:10pm
I finished my dress. I used my brother machine. I had never tried this before and it went pretty well. I also added a piece of regular elastic to the very top for added hold up power, if you know what I mean. I plan on making many more tops and dresses with this concept...Thanks again for sharing this!
Comment by Rita on June 16, 2010 at 5:30pm
Loved the tutorial it looks so quick and easy
Comment by Mary on June 16, 2010 at 3:18pm
I've played around with elastic thread a bit (also using a Brother machine) and sometimes it shirs up nicely, but sometimes it doesn't, it seems to depend on the fabric. I've had better success with knits and lightweight fabrics. Try these things: 1) With the thicker elastic thread, you have to be careful to make sure that the bobbin thread is inserted correctly through the spring tension. You should feel some tension when you pull on the bobbin thread if it is threaded correctly. Pull the bobbin thread up manually before you start to sew (this is explained in the manual if you've never done it) rather than relying on the automatic feature. 2) Steam the stitched area after sewing. It shrivels up like magic. Good luck!
Comment by lisa on June 16, 2010 at 10:30am
i experimented by stretching the elastic thread and not stretching it. I am using Brother sewing machine and it seems like a lot of ppl using this brand have a problem with shirring.
Comment by Gay Jordan on June 16, 2010 at 10:04am
Do you just wind without stretching the elastic thread or... or do you stretch the elastic as you put it on the bobbin? I would think the method makes a difference..
GJ
Comment by lisa on June 16, 2010 at 9:12am
thank you for this tutorial. I didn't get the elastic effect. What have I done wrong. I have put the elastic in the bobbin...set the longest stitch and did the backstitch. Help.
Comment by deborah bowman on June 16, 2010 at 9:03am
Cute cute cute and you do the tutorial so well, anyone can sew now

debs

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