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Tips for sewing a no-casing elastic waistband
Carla J.
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Date: 7/23/11 2:16 PM

I have sewn these types of waistbands before and find them a pain, frankly, but I would like to install a no-casing elastic waistband into a skirt and wondered if anyone has any tips to make it easier. This is a Stretchrite elastic with four channels for stitching.
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Date: 7/23/11 2:52 PM

http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2005/08/how-to-use-it-elastic.html

Pam Erny has the best tutorial for the type of comfort waistband you want to make.....

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Date: 7/23/11 3:56 PM

Thanks, Debora, but this is not exactly what I am looking for. I want to stitch down the channels in the elastic. But I do think some of this tutorial may help wrestle it in. I appreciate the link.
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Date: 7/23/11 4:53 PM

I love the "stitch-flip-and-sew" method - you need a strong hand to hold the item so that the tension on the elastic doesn't bend the needle - as you must move the item at elastic stretch length as you sew. You literally stitch the elastic to the inner top of the pnats, if it's pants, then flip that down, thus covering the elastic from view, stretch it while sewing this down and there ya go - hard to alter the waist once you do this so be sure of your measurement as you have to make the elastic into a loop before you sew it. I serge the edges of the waist of the pants before doing this.

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Date: 7/24/11 0:21 AM

Louise Cuttings' One Seam Pants pattern has very good instructions.

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Date: 7/24/11 0:29 AM

Are you talking about a Hollywood Waist? If so, I copied some RTW pants and you might find help in my review here: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=57166

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Date: 7/29/11 4:14 PM

Sorry to be so long replying. I've been under the weather.

No, it isn't a "Hollywood waist", but I love the term! LOL. Actually, I went ahead with my usual method and it would have been OK except that I got it just a little bit too snug. I could wear it, but wouldn't be comfortable all day. Last night I capitulated to the inevitable and re-did the waist with a casing. Sigh. Not my favorite but it will fit.

Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate it.
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Date: 7/29/11 5:57 PM

I used this method just recently for a pair of little girls winter stockings for school, the stockings were huge. so I did this method on them to take it in, and wow it was just a clean finish. I stitched right around the elastic once it was folded over, with a 3 step zig zag though. Because I thought it may not have been as comfortable on a little girl having it only stitched at CF CB and sides.

I'll be doing it again thats for sure.

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