Replacing elastic cord in a seam


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Old 02-18-23, 12:12 PM
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Replacing elastic cord in a seam

When elastic wore out and needed replacing, my Granny would cut a small hole in the seam, grab the worn out elastic with a knitting hook, pull out enough to cut it, then pull it out with pliers. To get new elastic in the hole and fish it all the way around, she had some sort of metal gizmo she would attach the elastic to...and that's where my memory fades out. No idea what it looked like or what it was called. I been using a paper clip which is very tedious. Anyone know if there is a device to do this and what it's called?
 
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Old 02-18-23, 04:46 PM
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Would a wire wound throttle cable sheath like those used on a lawn mower work?
 
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Old 02-18-23, 05:40 PM
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I've only done this once to replace the elastic in the waste of my wife's favorite sweat pants. I just used a thin wooden dowel and taped the end of the new elastic to it. Worked fine. You can only do this if the elastic isn't sewn to the garment; sometimes it is.
 
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Old 02-19-23, 07:42 AM
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I use a piece of wire (coat hanger) or a large plastic zip tie. You just need something long and thin.
 
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Old 02-21-23, 03:08 PM
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So there is no specific device for this purpose? Odd. Might have to see if I can invent something. If Granny could jury-rig something, I should be able to...just didn't want to waste time on reinventing the wheel.
 
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Old 02-21-23, 03:26 PM
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Yes, there are specialized tools for almost every job. But unless you are doing it frequently you'll probably spend more time looking for the specific tool than taping the elastic to the end of a stick. I've also redone short sections of elastic like for a cuff using a long needle nose hemostat.
 
 

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