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Unread 03-07-2014, 08:14 PM   #1
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stopping slits from ripping further

So, I have a shirt that i plan on wearing wings with and want to cut slits into the back of the shirt to put the elastic though so that it isn't visable. but i worry that the slits i cut might tear more. am i worrying to much or is there something i should do to keep it from ripping further than i want it to?
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Unread 03-07-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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Run a zig-zag stitch along the edges of the slits. Or, if you really want to keep it stable, use a buttonhole technique to make a buttonhole just wide enough for the elastic (example, if your elastic strips are 1" wide, make a 1" wide buttonhole) and THEN slit it. Some machines have a one-step buttonhole but some don't, so use whatever you have available to you. If you don't have anything, hand-stitch around the edges of the slit. There are probably tutorials around for hand-stitched buttonhole or eyelet techniques, which is what you would need to do.
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Unread 03-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #3
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Everything CapsuleCorp says I would agree with.

In addition, if you feel like stitches aren't going to be enough, I would iron iron-on interfacing in a small patch on the unseen side of the shirt over where you are going to make your slit, then do your stitches, then dab a bit of fraycheck over your stitches after they are made. The interfacing will act like glue and keep the fibers together, and the fraycheck will act like glue to keep your stitches intact and the fibers together.

The interfacing shouldn't be too much larger than the slit, because it will cause that part of the shirt to move more stiffly and therefore stand out than the part that is not interfaced. Fraycheck has a small chance of coloring the area it dries in differently than fabric that was not treated with it, so it's a good idea to limit it to the stitches. It should make the edge very stiff, but that means more sturdy too.
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