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trying to determine how much elastic is needed

Old 04-16-2018, 09:25 PM
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I need to replace the elastic on my fitted sheets. I have king size and twin size that need new elastic. How do I determine how long to cut the elastic before attaching it to the edge of the sheet? Do I cut it the exact measurement of the area that it will be sewed onto.....do I add some inches....do I reduce the length? Thanks for any help in this.
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:22 AM
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You need to cut shorter--prob by a third, and stretch it as you sew to make it fit the area.
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Old 04-17-2018, 02:08 AM
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Measure the perimeter of the mattress the sheet goes over, stretch the elastic as you sew it on.
I think I cut mine about 5” shorter than the mattress perimeter when I made crib sheets. I made sure the sheets would fold under the mattress and stay snug.
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Old 04-17-2018, 03:07 AM
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sounds like a lot of trouble. I would just buy new sheets.
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:35 PM
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I just did this, and I went with 1/3 less as posted above.
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by kuntryquilter View Post
sounds like a lot of trouble. I would just buy new sheets.
I would, too!
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:54 PM
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I have the elastic strips with "garter" clips on each end. It is best to take them off when washing but they really hold the sheets tight.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:02 PM
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Thanks for all your input. I'll give it a try with reducing the length by 1/3.
It does sound like a lot of work but California King sheets are expensive and I inherited a big bunch of sheets from hubby's aunt that are really nice but the elastic is shot---so I'll give it a try---what have I got to lose except a little time---I'll learn something in the process and maybe have some nice fancy sheets.
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