What tension should I use for elastic?
Generally elastic works best when stretched 3-8%, with 8% only being used on the smaller parts of the garment as it’s a bit extreme, as remember the more you stretch the elastic the more stitches you are putting on that space of elastic.
How much elastic should be in a waistband?
The elastic for a waistband should be approximately 2″ smaller than your waist measurement.
How can I make my shirring tighter?
To tighten the tension, you’re going to simply turn that screw clockwise. BEFORE YOU DO, you’ll want to keep track of how much you are tightening it in case you need to set it back again for future sewing with regular thread, and also in case you need to do a couple more test runs before you have it exactly right.
How do you replace shirring elastic?
Put the stitch length at the longest length, which are usually around 5 or 6, because the longer the stitch the tighter the gather. Lock back and forward at the beginning so that the elastic will not move. You will need to sew a row and then check to see if the tension is the same as on the garment.
What is the difference between ruching and shirring?
Ruching creates a rippled or folded aesthetic that equally distributes fabric throughout a garment. Shirring is when two or more rows of fabric are gathered and cinched together by an elastic thread (not to be confused with smocking, which uses a hand embroidery stitch rather than elastic to create a similar effect).
Why is my fabric not shirring?
Make sure that your bobbin is not too full of the elastic thread. Try re-threading your whole machine. Make sure your elastic thread isn’t too tight or too loose on the bobbin. Make sure you didn’t mess with the tension (or any other settings) of your machine while adjusting your stitch length.