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How can I sew elastic tightly round toweling to make a cover for a floor polisher?

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Measure the circumference of the fabric without the elastic. Then decide the fraction of that circumference you need the elastic to be--ie, if the fabric measures 12 inches and the elastic should be three quarters of that length= 8 inches. Cut the elastic to 8 inches. Stitch the ends of the elastic together.

Then fold the fabric in half and mark the halfway points with straight pins, then fold in fourths and mark those points also. Then do the same with the elastic (marked in fourths). Match the quarter mark pins of the elastic to the quarter marks of the fabric. Then stitch the elastic (stretching as you sew) to the fabric. (Marking and matching the quarter marks will insure the elastic will be evenly stitched to the fabric.)

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You stretch it as you sew of course

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