My grandmother used to talk about the elastic shortage during the second world war. I don’t know, of all the things she told me, that stuck with me. Then another friend’s grandma told a story about using drawstring for their underwear and one day her string broke and her underwear dropped to the floor.
You would think, knowing my propensity to keep everything I might every need, I would have elastic in all shapes and sizes here. Nope. No elastic.
Now that so many of us are wanting to make masks, there’s no 1/8″ elastic and very little 1/4″ elastic to be found. I’m not blaming. I’m not saying there’s a shortage. There’s probably very little, if anything, that wouldn’t be in short supply if tons of people suddenly ordered it and right now . . it’s elastic.
I was thinking . . imagine someone out there who has no idea about the massive mask project, and today . . they need 1/8″ elastic. They won’t have a clue why there’s none available anywhere.
Several people making masks have said that the medical facilities are preferring strings for tying vs. elastic because of the hot water washing. So, the masks can still be made even without elastic!