One of the fun things about Happy Homemade Sew Chic is the way it uses unfamiliar materials and fabrics for its patterns. (OK, I was not that charmed by that two-bodkin equipment recommendation,) but I am loving elastic thread, an integral part of the Cross-over Tunic and other patterns.
I had no idea such a thing existed. How cool! I found mine in the specialty thread section of the Gutermann rack, but you can also find it in the notions department, next to the other elastics.
It basically looks like a very thick thread. If you pull it apart, you’ll see that it’s made up of a core of elastic thread, surrounded by a spiral of another elastic thread. Basically, it’s two! two! two! elastics in one.
It’s very stretchy. You wind it on your bobbin by hand, loosely, and use regular thread on the top. Use a longish stitch length – the longer the stitch, the more the elastic will gather. Sew with it in rows to create shirring effects. The first row of stitches will look like this:
The second row looks like this: