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Best way to butt elastic for waistbands (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 7/6/04 2:37 PM
I just finished up a new batch of swimsuits for my daughters, and I have finally fine-tuned this process.

1) Take a small piece of tear-away stabilizer or piece of newsprint

2) Spray with either temporary or permanent spray adhesive (does not matter which one)

3) Stick the butted ends of the elastic to onto the stabilizer or newsprint.

4) Stitch a multi-stitch or regular zigzag across the butted ends. A multi-stitch zigzag is stronger if you can do it on your machine.

5) Pull off the stabilizer and trim the threads

The ends of the elastic are now perfectly aligned, and much less bulky for insertion into a waistband or swimsuit.

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drsue said...
sounds like a good idea? How old is the oldest garment you have made using this technique?
7/6/04 8:58 PM
AnneM said...
That sounds easier than just zigzagging while holding the elastic, which is what I did last time around. Where do you get the spray adhesive; I don't recall seeing that.
7/7/04 4:35 AM
SewVeryTall said...
I agree, butting the elastic is better and less bulky. I usually just pin a scrap of thin fabric underneath to hold the ends together, zigzag the elastic edges together, wrap the fabric around both ways to cover rough elastic edges, then zigzag over all. Trim excess fabric away. I've been doing this for years and years, and it's never pulled out. AnneM--I got my spray adhesive at Joann's. This spray is handy to have, but I have to's like spray paint, in that it's stinky, [should be used in ventilated area or outside], the area behind where you're spraying it needs to be protected, AND the valve needs to be cleared by holding the can upsidedown while spraying. Bottom line, IMHO, this spray should be used outdoors.
7/7/04 5:31 AM
PhyllisC said...
Sue - hah - not old at all! My kids swim suits have been getting intense daily use this summer, and it's fine so far.
7/7/04 8:47 AM
PVA said...
I've used the method in Sew Very Tall's comment and i really like it, but I will definitely try this. I use ALL sprays with the item I intend to spray in a cardboard box. Outside is good -- I have a very protected patio, open on only two sides. Thanks for this, I'm going to try it.
7/7/04 2:48 PM
Wandasews said...
Thanks- this is a great help.
7/7/04 8:33 PM
Diana M said...
Great idea -- Thanks!
7/11/04 1:11 PM
GNBx3 said...
As a beginner sewer, I appreciate these kinds of helpful tips. Thanks, Barbara
9/4/04 9:58 AM
boots777 said...
Original idea!
9/22/04 4:55 PM

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