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What Type of Elastic for Sewing Fitted Sheets?

I'm replacing the elastic on my fitted sheet. I know I need 1/4inch and I know the length. But I'm finding elasticity descriptions that say "highly elastic" or "heavy stretch." Any guidance on what's best? My main goal here is NOT having the sheet come loose at night, even if it means a little more effort when I make the bed. Thanks for the help!

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April 1, 20210 found this helpful
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I would use a regular elastic, not the heavy stretch. What makes the sheet slip is it not being deep enough. They have clips that look like old fashioned garters. I used them for awhile before I got sheets that were deep enough for my new mattress.

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April 14, 20211 found this helpful
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"Heavy stretch" elastic is designed for use on heavier fabrics. I don't think your sheets are made of heavier fabric. Use a good quality regular elastic or an elastic for bathing suits, the off white stuff - chlorine resistant.

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By the way, you can try mitten clips - elastics with clips on each end to hold kids' mittens to their jacket cuffs.

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April 1, 20210 found this helpful

There may not be a lot of difference but I would suggest you contact a craft store like Michael's or Jo Ann's and ask your question as I feel sure they have all kinds of elastic and may have a type that states 'for use in fitted sheets'.
Some of the big box stores have large sewing departments now and someone there may be able to help you.
My biggest concern with buying elastic for any project was to find a suitable elastic that would not 'curl' when laundered.

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April 3, 20210 found this helpful

Good feedback. Thank you.

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April 1, 20210 found this helpful

Some good info right here on Thrifty Fun:
www.thriftyfun.com/Repairing-the-Elastic-on-Fitted-Sheets...

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