Giveaway Winner and Answers!

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10 Sep Giveaway Winner and Answers!

Greetings, Dear Readers and Happy Sunday 🙂

Writing my posts in a lighthearted spirit is and has always been my style, but today, no matter how my words come across, my heart is with family, friends and those who are affected by Hurricane Irma. May the force be with all who are enduring this monster storm.

What a phenomenal response to the Eloflex Giveaway!  I try not to respond to comments during a giveaway since it disrupts the sequence of numbers for the Random Number Generator. However, many comments included questions about sewing with Eloflex and my jacket, so I’ve pulled the questions from your awesome responses which are answered below.

Where was the fabric purchased?

I bought the fabric at Mood Fabrics in 2015 and it is long gone. Mood discards records and invoices after a certain period of time, so I have no information about the fabric. So sorry 😒

Why did you used Petersham Ribbon as a neck facing? Please show detailed photos.

Susan Khalje introduced me to Petersham Ribbon during a Couture Sewing class. Julie and I trimmed countless tunics in Petersham because the rayon thread with the braided edge is easy to shape unlike Polyester Grosgrain ribbon. I order the ribbon from

I stitched the ribbon on the right side of the garment extending the ribbon a 1/2″  beyond each edge.
After the seam was pressed toward the facing I under-stitched the seam before turning it to the inside of the jacket.
I pressed the extended ribbon under the seam and topstitched.

Zipper Open

Zipper Open

Zipper Closed

Zipper Closed

Another advantage of Petersham Ribbon is it produces less bulk as a single layer over seam binding which is often folded to produce a finished edge.


I thought white topstitching was the way to go on the front. I used black in the bobbin, but the white thread still pops through on the underside.


What precautions should be taken when winding Eloflex on the bobbin?

I simply wind as usual, but I always wind my bobbins slowly.

Are there any issues with tension?

I did not experience any tension issues. I adjusted to slightly less tension since the knit was heavier than the lightweight wovens I typically sew.

What stitch length did I use? Did you use a straight stitch or zig-zag?

I used a 3.5 stitch length on this garment. When sewing with Eloflex, you may sew with a straight stitch.

Is Eloflex available in a wide range of colors?

Eloflex is offered in 21 colors found here.

Where do I buy Eloflex?

Currently Eloflex is available at JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby. A good online source for the thread is or you can order it directly from the Coats & Clark consumer service department at (800)648-1479.

Any word on where to buy in Canada? South Africa?

I’ve just learned from a reader that Eloflex is available in all Fabricville stores in Canada. I’m not sure about South Africa,  but will check in with Coats and Clark.


And now….. Congratulations to SANDRA  (entry 413 EMAIL: kirksiffs@________) , winner of the ELOFLEX giveaway!

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Please send your contact information to by Thursday, September 14 or a new winner will be selected.

Many thanks to all readers for you wonderful comments and enthusiasm over the new Eloflex thread!

Until soon 🙂

  • Anne B.
    Posted at 20:17h, 10 September Reply

    In Canada, Eloflex thread is available at Fabricville stores. The thread is available to purchase from their website, but the few colours they have available seem to always be out of stock, I was lucky to find the thread in store (I am in Montreal) –
    however supply and colours are limited !

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:00h, 10 September Reply

      Wonderful to know, Anne! Many thanks for sharing this information 🙂

  • Nicki Cooper
    Posted at 22:15h, 10 September Reply

    Thank you!!!

  • Kathy Zachry
    Posted at 22:34h, 10 September Reply

    I just discovered an awesome use for Eloflex thread: I have experienced popped stitches in the back crotch seam of pants, even in woven fabric and even with stitching another run inside the seam allowance. I think the seam is stressed while getting into and out of the car. Today while finishing a pair of pants, I thought to sew the crotch seam with Eloflex including a second line of stitching as usual. Let’s see if that seam pops now!


  • Kathy Hills
    Posted at 06:13h, 11 September Reply

    Congratulations you sandra. Sarah, you may want to consider giving her an extra day or so to respond. If she is in Florida, good chances are she doesn’t have power and she may have other priorities at this time. Speaking as a Floridian waiting for power to be restored but still scrolling through my feeds. 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 11 September Reply

      Absolutely, and what a great suggestion. Done 😉
      If Sandra happens to be a Floridian and is unable to respond until later, I’ll see to it that she gets a pack of thread even if a new winner is selected.

  • Sharon S. Kane
    Posted at 07:27h, 11 September Reply

    I am such a crybaby and wanted to win but didn’t – waaa waaa waaa. But congratulations to Sandra! Hopefully she’ll share her experiences using this new thread.
    Also, thanks, Sarah for posting all the Q&A in one thread.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:39h, 11 September Reply

      For what it’s worth, I never win anything….but I too hope Sandra will share her thread experiences, and hope you will go ahead and try a spool 😉 Many thanks for the comment, Sharon 🙂

  • Diane Doherty
    Posted at 15:15h, 11 September Reply

    I’m just curious, on a neckline facing, what size petersham should I buy? I’m making a sheath dress with 3/8″ seam allowance at the neck. I was thinking, 1″, but will it hang up,around the curve of the neckline?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:28h, 12 September Reply

      I used 1″ because I had some on hand. In a perfect world I would use 3/4″ 🙂

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