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Annette Wright
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Date: 1/5/10 9:57 AM

I made my first pair of panties and am wondering if using (buying) a foot for applying the elastic would help. Or is there a "trick" I don't know about.

I had the problem when stretching the elastic that the fabric would slip under the elastic. I was sewing the elastic to the wrong side, then later turning and stitching it again (that part was okay, just the initial stitching on was difficult.)

I haven't tried the serger yet, that's an option.

I don't have any fancy elastics yet, so this is going to be my initial method of stitching.

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Date: 1/5/10 10:15 AM

I like to sew the elastic in a circle and mark in 1/2--also mark the panty legs in half. Then you can pull on the elastic more in the "cheek" area so it "hugs" better. My 1/2 mark on the elastic is usually almost an inch past the 1/2 mark on the panty heading towards the front of the leg.
ETA: I serge my elastic on first --3 thread big stitches so I don't have a lot of thread on there. Just practice not cutting the elastic with the serger blade!
-- Edited on 1/5/10 10:37 AM --

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Date: 1/5/10 10:25 AM

That's not the problem. It's more that the "edges" of the fabric and elastic don't stay together, slip apart more.''

I've never used an elastic foot and I was wondering if it somehow does the work for me.

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Date: 1/5/10 11:29 AM

you could try the sewing guide bar the kind that you attach to the side of the machine its about two inches long. This would only let the fabric over so far. What kind of elastic foot are you using to what machine? Some of the elastic foots alow the elastic to move freely with a little tension and the fabric underneath. hear is the sewing guide bar.attachment It would be one like this one.
If you have one see if it works for you. Hope this helps

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Date: 1/5/10 11:49 AM

I have never got it right with an elastic guide. Mrs Moos is the same way I do it and was taught in industry to do this. When we had a lots to do we had a guide but it was hard to keep the measurements the same. I would never use a guide unless I had a great quanity of work to do. Then I might try it. I have presewed this with a long basting stitch or chain stitch before serging. It takes a little practice.
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Date: 1/5/10 11:56 AM

Quote: Idunna
That's not the problem. It's more that the "edges" of the fabric and elastic don't stay together, slip apart more.''

It takes practice. And you need to sew/stop/rearrange often. With practice, this becomes a rhythm.

While you're practicing, instead of dividing elastic/fabric into fourths, try eighths, or even sixteenths.

An elastic foot won't guide the edge of the fabric any better than your hands. They work best when you are not sewing right on the edge. They'll work, but you'll have to practice with that too. It's not an instant gratification kind of thing.

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Date: 1/5/10 1:54 PM

Thanks, I'll just keep practicing.

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Date: 1/5/10 3:25 PM

I didn't even know there was such a thing as an elastic foot! I wish I could find some high quality sheer weight all-cotton knits for panties.

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Date: 1/5/10 7:34 PM

It helps to use the needle down position. I like to align my elastic with the raw edge and move the needle over to the left.

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Date: 1/6/10 3:26 AM

I sew my elastic to the legs the same way as Mrs Moos. I did buy an elasticator foot with the idea of getting legs of multiple pairs more even. IMO it just made matters worse and I didn't get on with it at all and went back to the serger. Practice as everyone else says is the key, take your time and pin as much as necessary.
Julie

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