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Posted on: 6/24/06 11:36 PM
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I'm sure this is known to many, and it's probably even listed in the tips somewhere - I just haven't seen it. I heard about this awhile back and it's become my favorite method to join elastic when using it in a casing.

Instead of overlapping the edges of your elastic and zigzagging to join, butt the edges together, with a piece of ribbon or something non-stretchy behind the joining area. Zigzag the two ends together, catching the ribbon in the zigzag stitches. Then trim the ribbon ends to the top and bottom edges of the elastic. You have less bulk with this than with the overlap.

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regine said... (7/23/07 9:22 AM) Reply
Very good idea, thanks a lot.
bunz said... (7/30/06 7:01 PM) Reply
Instead of ribbon, I fuse a scrap of fusible interfacing behind the butted seams, then zz them together!
brrmm said... (7/3/06 1:21 AM) Reply
great idea thanks. Will use this when sewing elastic onto swimsuits.
BjP said... (6/25/06 1:04 PM) Reply
As one who uses elastic waistbands on every skirt I make, this is a great tip and one I'll begin using immediately! Thanks!
Monica G said... (6/25/06 8:38 AM) Reply
thanks for the tip. waistband elastic does bulk up rather thickly
Patzee said... (6/25/06 0:49 AM) Reply
Thanks for the tip!
Lilibet said... (6/25/06 0:10 AM) Reply
I love this technique for joining elastic. I have left over bias binding in bemsilk which make a nice flat join.
inkyannie said... (6/25/06 0:08 AM) Reply
I like this idea! Think I'll do that on a pair of pants I am getting ready to make.
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