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NEWBIE TRYING TO LEARN WAISTBAND TECHNIQUES
DSchulze210
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Date: 1/9/14 1:09 AM

HELLO EVERYONE ( I AM A MALE) SO FORGIVE ME FOR MY LACK OF KNOWLEDGE....I AM TRYING TO MAKE SOME ATHLETIC SHORTS (BASKETBALL) STYLE AND AM STRUGGLING WITH THE WAISTBAND.....I OMITED THE POCKETS FOR NOW AS I WANNA TAKE BABY STEPS HAHAHA, CAN SOMEONE GUIDE ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION ON HOW TO ADD ELASTIC TO THE WAISTBAND OF THE SHORTS ? THANKS SO MUCH AND LOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING A TON ON HERE !

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Date: 1/10/14 9:12 AM

Do you have a pattern you're following? I assume you're using a sewing machine (as opposed to a serger). Do you want an elastic waist, a drawstring waist, or both?

There are a few ways to do an elastic waist. You can fold the waistband down and sew it, leaving a few inches open. Draw the elastic through the waistband, sew the ends together, then sew the hole shut. If you're using a drawstring, you need to make two buttonholes to pull the drawstring through. You can sew the waistband completely closed before you pull the string through.

Or, you can zigzag the elastic onto the edge of the wrong side of the waistband, then fold it to the inside, and zigzag again to hold it in place. This is a little trickier because the elastic should be slightly smaller than the waistband, so you have to stretch the elastic as you go.

Welcome to PR! I hope you've found the Men Who Sew board. I find the people here to be VERY helpful! One quick hint, though: Please don't type in all caps, it conveys you're shouting.

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Date: 1/10/14 10:11 AM

Welcome to Pattern Review, great to have you here!

Here is a link to a blog by a fellow PR member, Melissa of Fehr Trade. She is a runner who put together a tutorial on sewing an elastic waistband, in her photo tutorial example she is making running tights.

Waistband tutorial link

Enjoy your time on this site, happy sewing!
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Date: 1/10/14 6:27 PM

This is the basic method that all beginners are taught. Biochemistress mentioned it.

There are a LOT of instructional videos for elastic waistbands at youtube.
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Date: 1/11/14 9:26 PM

Its all in the type of elastic you buy. You need a wide lighweight non rolling elastic.
You will need to attach the waistband -- or when you cut your pattern add enough to the top of the shorts to be able to fold it down after you sew the side seams.
Then you will need to attach the elastic to the inside of the band at the top, the bottom and yhe middle.

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