Shirring without Elastic Thread


Why do you need to learn the art of Shirring without Elastic Thread? Because shirring with elastic thread in your bobbin can be tedious and time consuming, especially if you're making a waistband that needs a lot of thread! This fast and easy sewing tutorial will show you how to shirr without using elastic thread, which takes the pain out of constantly changing your bobbin but still gives you the elegant shirred effect. Read on to learn how to sew a skirt (or anything else that uses shirring!) without elastic thread!

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Time to CompleteIn an evening

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Since I prefer to avoid hand winding a bobbin with elastic thread, I find this method of shirring to be a perfect alternative. The tutorial calls for 8 rows of stitching into which to thread inch elastic through creating 4 rows of gathering. Six rows of stitching and three lengths of the elastic have worked as well for the same effect. Nice alternative.


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