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Date: 5/21/11 12:36 PM

I am a bit confused about types of elastic. All the elastic-waist patterns or tutorials I have ever done have called for elastic fed through a casing. This never seems to be quite how I like and feels "homemade" to me. (For one thing, I have large hips, so there's a lot of fabric in play, and it tends to slide around over the elastic.) I want to copy a pair of RTW pants I have where the front is flat (non-elastic) and the back is elastic with the elastic sewn all the way through, with three or four rows of stitching. What is the best kind of elastic to use for this? I have heard of certain kinds of elastic being "sew-through", does that mean you cannot sew through ordinary elastic? And how should I handle it? Thank you!

(Edited to add: in case it matters, it's going to be the kind of waistband where there is a casing, but sewn all the way through instead of allowing the elastic to float. Not the kind where the elastic on the inside is just exposed.)
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Date: 5/21/11 2:39 PM

Do you think you might mean the kind of elastic waistbands that have elastic thread? They are soft and stretchy with a shirred effect.

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Date: 5/21/11 4:23 PM

I do this all the time as I make my own panties and it's a bear trying to make a casing around the legs.

What you need to use is a stitch called a multi-stitch zigzag, or a "ladder" stitch. This stitch takes three stitches to make one side of the zig--. If you are using it for a back waistband, (as what I've done with several Kwik Sew patterns), you will need to pull the piece of elastic then stitch on top of it, using a narrow multi-stitch zigzag. You are basically guiding the elastic through the machine, while the needle is stitching it. Don't pull or tug on this; just keep the elastic stretched. Otherwise you may break a needle.

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Date: 5/21/11 5:54 PM

Are you thinking of sport elastic? You actually sew through the channels on the elastic through the fabric. I've used this and you definitely want to use a shorter piece than you would use if you were putting elastic in a casing.

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Date: 5/21/11 7:19 PM

What you need is called "knit elastic". The other name for it in the US is sometimes "sew-through elastic". This is probably the best to use. It comes in different weights. The lighter weights are good for PJ's, and lighter weight fabrics. The heavier weights you will need for heavier fabrics like denim, twill, etc.

You can also use "woven elastic" but don't buy the non- roll version. Non-roll and braided elastic are for casings. Woven elastic is heavier so will give you a bulkier finish so be aware of this. Personally I prefer knitted elastic but sometimes it is hard to find in the heavier weight so this is when I would use woven elastic. HTH

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Date: 5/21/11 8:05 PM

Quote: ShantiSeamstressing
Do you think you might mean the kind of elastic waistbands that have elastic thread? They are soft and stretchy with a shirred effect.

No, these pants definitely have an actual band of elastic in there, and I'm quite sure sewing with actual elastic thread would really be beyond my current skill set!
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Date: 5/21/11 8:06 PM

Here is a link to another thread on elastics. It may be of help to you. "Sew On Elastic" Thread

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Date: 5/21/11 8:07 PM

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I do this all the time as I make my own panties and it's a bear trying to make a casing around the legs.



What you need to use is a stitch called a multi-stitch zigzag, or a "ladder" stitch. This stitch takes three stitches to make one side of the zig--. If you are using it for a back waistband, (as what I've done with several Kwik Sew patterns), you will need to pull the piece of elastic then stitch on top of it, using a narrow multi-stitch zigzag. You are basically guiding the elastic through the machine, while the needle is stitching it. Don't pull or tug on this; just keep the elastic stretched. Otherwise you may break a needle.

Thank you. My machine does have the stitch you are talking about. So I basically pull the elastic to match the length of the fabric? Does this involve pinning or should I just eyeball it?
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Date: 5/21/11 8:50 PM

I use knit elastic too whenever possible.

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Date: 5/22/11 0:25 AM

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Thank you. My machine does have the stitch you are talking about. So I basically pull the elastic to match the length of the fabric? Does this involve pinning or should I just eyeball it?

You're welcome! Yes, you pull (or should I say, stretch) the elastic to match the length of the fabric. If you find that the elastic is "gaining on you", just put the needle down and stretch some more. I eyeball mine; you can't imagine how handy this is when doing panty legs! Pinning would be a pain, and sometimes my pins have flown off before I stitched the elastic.

If it helps, make marks into thirds over the area you are trying to cover. Then make marks on your elastic. Match the marks and you won't have to pin. It's like sewing a neckline on a t-shirt.

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