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Date: 7/9/14 1:55 PM

I've been using the old method of sewing a casing and then pulling the elastic through with a safety pin and tacking both ends down at the seam allowance. This used to work great but not any more. After wearing the knit pants, I noted the elastic ignoring the casing and flipping over at several points so I ran stitching over it at several points to keep it in place. I thought the problem was that the knit's stretchiness. Next project: a cotton voile skirt. This time I rammed that elastic tightly into the casing, thought it had nowhere to go. Nope: It flipped. What am I doing wrong? The brand is "Designer," made for waistbands.
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Date: 7/9/14 2:18 PM

i used to have this exact same misery. Now I do waistbands this way:

http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/an-easier-way-to-sew-elastic-casings/

In addition, I always use non roll elastic of a good quality for the waistband. If you stretch your elastic and it gets really narrow in the middle of your stretch, this product will roll and twist in a casing like a waistband. In addition, I sew through the elastic at each seam in the ditch to anchor. I don't do this until I have made sure that my elastic is evenly distributed in the way I want it to be in the finished waistband. I prefer a bit more elastic in the front over my tummy and less on the hips. When I switched to this industry technique I never had the misery again. Good luck.

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Date: 7/9/14 3:23 PM

Thanks - I checked the tutorial. Only, I don't see how this method will have any different result with respect to elastic turning later.

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Date: 7/9/14 3:39 PM

Is the elastic straight when you put it in and twisting when worn or twisting when putting it in the casing? For the former, I anchor elastic at the side seams and at center front and center back which prevents it from twisting. For the latter, I double check the elastic before closing the casing and fix if I need to.

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Date: 7/9/14 3:41 PM

I think the trick to getting this right is two-fold. First, make sure you are using a non roll elastic that is at least one inch wide. Also, make sure there is a little wiggle room for the elastic in the casing. I usually have to add on to the casing a bit to ensure this. By stitching in the ditch through the elastic at all four seams you anchor the elastic so it can't roll over on itself. This also helps with the roll in your method of making casings; but I prefer the "industry" method as it gives me the best results and I have not stretched my elastic out the beyond trying to pull it through a too narrow casing. I have a big waist for my size, I carry my extra weight there and I have found that giving my elastic that little bit of breathing room keeps the whole thing from doubling up on me or twisting. Give it a try!

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Date: 7/9/14 3:42 PM

I've had issues with twisting only with very narrow elastic. Once I switched to a wider width elastic (1 1/4" or 2" for waistbands) my problem with that went away.

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Date: 7/9/14 3:56 PM

I use a nonroll elastic and ditch stitch in the well of the side seams. No problems at all with it flipping. The ditchstitching does not show. I use a really small stitch like 1.5.

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Date: 7/9/14 4:04 PM

I top stitch around the very top of my waistband (fold over waistbanc) when I use a woven material. I have never had the elastic rollover when I have done this. I have not tried this on a knit fabric. HTH

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Date: 7/9/14 4:42 PM

Sometimes I serge the elastic to the wrong side, turn and stitch through it with SM. No way it can turn!
Otherwise, I do the same as solosmocker.

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Date: 7/10/14 12:32 PM

Or you can keep your elastic from twisting (after you have threaded it through the casing and stitched the ends together) by sewing a series of parallel lines through it as Louise Cutting does with the One Seam Pant pattern.

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