Learn How to Sew With Elastic Thread

Create Your Own Stretchy Fabric

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To sew with elastic thread, you must hand-wind the bobbin. Do this without stretching the elastic thread. Wind the elastic thread on the bobbin until the bobbin is full.

Thread the top of the sewing machine with your regular sewing thread.

Place the bobbin in the sewing machine and thread the bobbin as you would regular sewing thread.

Leave a thread tail of the elastic thread and bring the elastic thread up through the sewing machine ​throat plate.

Always leave a couple of inches of thread tail when you stop sewing with elastic thread.Do not use automatic thread cutting features on your sewing machine while sewing with elastic thread! The automatic thread cutter will not leave a long enough tail, causing the end of the elastic thread to pull back into the bobbin case and you needing to re-thread the machine.

Set your stitch length at 3.0 or longer. Test the set up on a scrap of fabric. The weight of the fabric and the stitch length will both affect the amount of bunching the elastic thread will create. Follow Step by Step Directions To Sew a Sundress or Nightgown with Elastic Thread