Four Elastic Application Techniques
Find out which is a sewing pro’s favorite elastic and the best applications for it. Pamela Leggett, owner and designer of Pamela’s Patterns, talks about her go-to elastic and shares techniques to create firm, secure, stretchy, and comfortable waistbands and edge finishes.
Pamela recommends a product called Fantastic Elastic. This elastic comes in a 1 1/2-inch width, and can be cut to any width, down to 1/4 inch. Discover the benefits of this elastic, then follow along to learn four methods for applying it to garments.
Encased and topstitched elastic waistband
This elastic application creates a wide, comfortable, somewhat sporty waistband, such as those found in pajama bottoms, basketball shorts, and joggers.
Divide the garment’s waistline in quarters. Cut a length of elastic 2 inches to 3 inches smaller than the waist circumference, and join the ends to form a ring. Divide and quarter-mark it, too. Place the elastic on…
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