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Great idea's!. Thanks for all the replies.. Going to test a few and see how it goes. Have heaps of fishing line here. We go fishing often :) So guess that will be the first one to test. Thanks again Jan.
 

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Hi, I use fishing line! It is much cheaper than ravel cord, comes in long lengths, that is 100+ yards, so you can cut as much as you need and is available at fishing tackle shops or hardware shops. The line is just as easy to remove from the knitting as ravel cord the only problem is it only comes in one colour - translucent which isn't really a problem.

I hope this helps.
Bev.
 

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I have used unpicked thread from flour bags. It is strong and slips out well. I have run it across a candle too. Just for fun I used the thread from teabags when making buttonholes. It is just the right size for each hole. At one time when I was knitting a lot I could see the potential for ravel cords in so many places. It is helpful to have coloured ones. xxx
 

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In the Walmart's here, where there is crochet thread, there is a rayon thread that I use. It is a little thicker than most crochet threads, very slippery. When I cut a piece off, hold the cut end next to a candle flame and the ends will melt together, sealing the edge. Otherwise, it tends to un-twist itself. If I don't let a big ball form at the end of the length, it is very easy to pull out.

Fishing line is a good idea! Maybe use a thicker one? On my Bond, the plastic weighted hem would probably be more prone to be cut by fishing line than the yarn. I tore one piece of the hem while trying to get elastic thread out. (Elastic thread had come with the machine.)
 

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Marge St Pete said:
OK What is ravel cord and when do you use it. Just put my machine up after 20 some odd years but do not remember "ravel cord"
It is used to knit a row between the wy (waste yarn) and the main yarn. It acts as a separater so the WY coul be easily removed.
 

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tassiejan said:
Wondering if anyone knows a substitute for Ravel cord. Cant buy any here in Oz.. Or if its here I don't know where. Hoping someone will have some input..Thanks..
I use twine that is used for flying kites. Got it at Wal-Mart years ago for around $1 and it works great. It is a twisted thin cord that will not break as it contains nylon or polyester. Certainly much cheaper than the ravel cord you buy and looks the same. And I have a lifetime supply!
 

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tassiejan said:
Wondering if anyone knows a substitute for Ravel cord. Cant buy any here in Oz.. Or if its here I don't know where. Hoping someone will have some input..Thanks..
There is a cord called "gosling" that is usually found in upholstery or venetian blinds departments of stores. It comes in different weights and is just like ravel cord.
 
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