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Do you need a serger to sew a leotard?

Hansi | Posted in General Discussion on

I just spent $22 for a leotard for my 8 year old.  They can’t be that complicated.  Can they be sewn on a machine or do you need a serger?




  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    Its easier and faster with a serger, but no, you don't need to use one to make a leotard. Before buying my serger, I used a stretch overlock stitch on my sewing machine when making something of stretchy lycra fabrics. Just be sure to test your stitch by sewing a sample seam and stretching it....you don't want popped seams on your finished garment.

    Good luck!


    1. Hansi | | #2

      Thank you!

  2. LindaG | | #3

    You might also want to look at instructions for making swimsuits.   For the edging of swimsuits where the elastic is folded under, you might try a twin needle with wooly nylon in the bobbin.  Also, check that the elastic can be sewn without stretching permanently. 

    1. Hansi | | #4

      Thank you for the tip.  I would like to try this since I have 2 girls taking dance and the clothing seems a little overpriced.

      1. Jean | | #5

        If your elastic stretches out a bit when you sew on it, try giving it a good shot of steam, without touching it with the iron of course. That should make it behave again.

        1. Hansi | | #6

          Thank you for the tip!


      2. anneelsberry | | #11

        If you don't want to sew leotards (fussy danged things) try http://www.discountdance.com.  The basic Bloch camisole leotard is about $10, usually meets dress code for dance schools and is probably cheaper than making one.  Lasts forever, too.

        (I'm a dancer and the mom of two -- just wait until pointe shoes!)

        Edited 4/12/2004 4:13 pm ET by Pomona

        1. Hansi | | #12

          Great tip!  Thank you!

  3. SkiNsew | | #7

    Here is a site that has great patterns for leotards and very good instructions.  The instructions are  detailed for a sewing machine or for a serger.  Just follow the ones for the sewing machine.



    1. Hansi | | #8

      Thank you!

  4. suesew | | #9

    Hi. Don,t forget to use a ball point needle with stretch lycra. There is also a stretch double needle 4.0 that will give you very professional results with topstitching elastic. You'll be amazed how much money you'll save making your own.

    1. Hansi | | #10

      Thank you for the tip, Sue.  I've made dance skirts for my girls (just traced an existing one--takes about half an hour to make; save $30) but never a leotard.  I'm looking forward to trying. 


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