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Sew a Stretchy Swimsuit Strap | Video

Try this easy technique for making nicely finished elasticized straps.

Making elasticized straps for a swimsuit or any garment can be fussy, and you might not like the look of visible stitching on the finished strap. Use this tip to make things easier. You can do this with a regular sewing machine—no need for a serger. The finished strap has no visible stitching, and all raw edges are enclosed. This works well for bathing suits, activewear, lingerie, or casual tank tops.

Reader tip sent in by Nancy Jackson, Shalimar, Florida. First seen in Threads #123.


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In Threads Sewing Tips video series, we share clever tricks to help improve your sewing. Watch to learn how to make a wide seam allowance guide, how to color-code pleat markings, and other helpful tips. What makes this series special is that many of these easy-to-follow techniques have been submitted by Threads readers like you.

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  1. Deb_Maine | | #1

    Great tip...thanks!

  2. lorelle01 | | #2

    Where can I buy the bodkin used in the video? I haven't seen that type before. Looks great.

  3. carolfresia | | #3

    Lorelleo1, you can get a similar bodkin at Michael's, but you can use other types as well for this technique. I have used a Dritz Loop Turner (Joann.com) for turning elasticized straps and it worked quite well.
    Carol Fresia
    Threads Senior Technical Editor

  4. user-6908281 | | #4

    Plan to look for that bodkin. Very helpful tip.

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