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Replacing Elastic in a Fitted Sheet

When replacing the elastic in a fitted sheet, what size, type, and style elastic should I use?

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Is there any of the old elastic left on the sheet? If yes, use that as your guide. If not, generally even deep pocket elastic is usually no more than 3/4 wide.

Buy a packet of 'general' elastic - usually about three yards/metres length, and that's plenty to cut a 4-6" per corner strip for sewing back into the sheet.

Be sure to use the right sewing needle, elastic thread, and the stretch stitch on your machine. If you don't have a stretch stitch on your machine, use the zig-zag stitch that matches the width of your elastic piece, and pull the fabric slightly from before and after the needle to stretch the seam, fabric, and elastic strip whilst stitching.

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