I have been wondering about a comparison between the Infinity Thread and Mesika's Elastics for some time now, and I haven't seen too many direct comparisons in the forums. I have recently been playing around with both loops, having made a couple of loops using the infinity thread. So I wanted to do a brief post about the differences. I would also love to hear anyone elses direct comparison of these two products. I know there are a few messages already and have read Justin Millers original thread (which resulted in my initial purchase of the Infinity Thread Reel) however most posts that I have searched for simply quoted back his original message without too many other opinions mixed in.
I find the Infinity thread to me seems to be slightly thicker and also has a shiny feel to it, whilst the Yigal loop seems to have a more matt finish. This makes them slightly more invisible under more conditions. If anyone knows a good way to stop the Infinity thread shine i'd love to hear it. I've sent Rudy an e-mail so i'd also be interested in his response. (after getting to the bottom of typing this message I got my sharpie out and ran the loop over it whilst it was on the flexible cardboard and it seems to have removed most of the shine).
The extra thickness with the infinity thread is very marginal. Looking at it side by side it is noticable, either on the cardboard of a Yigal loop or on your wrist side by side. You can easily make your Infinity thread slightly thinner if you make your loop a little tighter (or stretched a little more), it will thin out slightly and most likely make it the same thickness as a premade Yigal loop. I don't have a spool of the Yigal's elastic dispenser to put both threads side by side loosely to compare them.
I have taken a few photos of the thread for anyone that is interested in physically seeing the differences. I took the closest and clearest photo I could with my digital camera (Canon S2IS) and have attached it for anyone that is interested. It has my Infinity thread loop, a Yigal loop and a single thread infinity loop on one of Yigals cardboard sheets. Its the best I could do and I haven't found any photos in the forums so far. This is something I would have liked to have seen prior to purchasing any thread - not that it stopped me from buying anything. :) It's usefullness is definitely debatable and is probably not much use, however its still something that is interesting to see and allows you to make a more informed choice when you research something you are going to buy. If anyone wants a higher res copy, I can e-mail one out as my original photo from my camera is around 3meg.
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The infinity thread however is much more elastic. It seems to stretch a lot further then the Yigal loop, this could be due to the slight thickness that allows the infinity thread to reach that extra length. When you strip the infinity thread down to an individual thread, its much thinner then Yigals loop and obviously doesn't stretch as well as there is less width in the fibre to allow that flexibility - I have found these thin single strand infinity loop to be too flimsy and breaks very easily (which is understandable). I haven't tried a double thread infinity loop yet, as we had a blackout as I was playing around with the thread and it made it really difficult to split and tie the knot.
There's also been quite a bit of conversation about which knot to use, and I haven't tried playing around with different ones yet. I simply cross over the thread, putting one thread underneath and repeat it two or three times over itself. The best way of describing this is its like the first step when you tie your shoes, before you make the bunny ear loops and repeating this over. It seems to be very simple and holds quite well for me.
Other then that, i'd be interested to hear about anyones direct comparisons with both types of thread. I am going to stick with the Infinity thread and have a really good play with it, and get a Yigal Elastic Thread Dispencer shortly to have a good play with that before I decide.