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Tighten Up Any Waistband Easily With Elastic (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 8/12/13 11:39 AM
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For years I have used elastic to tighten up all kinds of waistbands. I've added elastic to jeans, dresspants and even pants that already have an elastic waistband. Recently I "saved" a beautiful skirt that I had just finished making for my GD. After all my work making the skirt the elastic waistband was too big. It was a wide pretty metallic elastic. So to make the waistband fit my GD I sewed narrower elastic to the inside of the wide elastic. I didn't have to rip out a single stitch and it was such an easy fix too. It was after that when I started thinking about posting this as a tip especially for new sewers so they will know fixing and repairing can sometimes be quick and easy. You don't always have to do it the way a book says.

Click here to see photos and explanations of how to sew in elastic The details are written below each photo. Scroll right to see a total of five photos including the waistband on the skirt I made for my GD. Oh, in case you're wondering, it's totally comfortable to wear too!

If ever you need to remove the elastic it comes out easily because you've used a long stitch length to attach it. Just rip out the stitches on the short ends of the elastic, pull on the bobbin thread on each long side of the elastic--they fly right out and you're done!

Now, if a waistband had easy to get at elastic inside a casing, well then I would rip open a small section of the casing to get at the elastic and replace it or shorten it. But for all other waistbands I just add elastic to the inside of the waistband like shown on the photos.

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Melinda In Tulsa said...
This is a great tip, thank you 👍
8/13/13 2:04 AM
NonieA1 said...
Thank you for sharing. I like the idea of just doing it exposed as no one is really going to see it except you. Great tip.
8/13/13 4:53 AM
PollyBee9 said...
Perfect timing. I have shorts that are a bit too big for a client's daughter and I was wondering how I could easily fix it and still be able for it to be removed when she grows, hoping that next summer she can just remove the elastic and get another year's wear. Thanks
8/13/13 9:04 AM
JEF said...
Wonderful tip!
8/13/13 11:36 AM
maria 6705 said...
Great idea! I'll be trying it soon.
8/13/13 8:15 PM
nitsel said...
Thanks for sharing this great, time-saving idea! Your pictures and explanations are clear and easy to understand.
8/13/13 11:37 PM
sewpatty said...
Great tip. Thank you.
8/15/13 1:50 PM
meels1 said...
Thanks for the photos. I've sometimes wondered if this would work, and now I can see it's very successful.
8/16/13 11:54 PM
Erin D said...
This is a nice tip. Unpicking some waistbands is a total nightmare-thanks for posting this!
9/3/13 11:05 PM
Nancy Anne said...
Wonderful tutorial! I'm pretty innovative when it comes to fixing clothing easily, but this never occurred to me!
12/20/13 3:18 PM

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