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Knit non-roll elastic – just waistbands?

3girlymom | Posted in General Discussion on

I originally posted this under ‘sewing’ but perhaps I’ll get an answer here:

Hi Everyone,

I’m a newbie here, so I’ll introduce myself.  My name is Tabitha, and I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 girls.  I’ve recently picked up sewing after a 3-4 year break.  I made my own nursing/breastfeeding clothes for a while, and now I am making cloth diapers for my baby.

The question I have is about non-roll elastic.  Can it only be used for waistbands?  Our local fabric store is closing and has some nice liquidation prices.  I picked up several packages of Stretchrite non-roll knit elastic in hopes to use it for both the leg and waist casings on my diapers.  Will it work okay for leg casings?  I do my elastic a few ways.  Depending on how I feel at the time, I either leave it free in a casing or I stretch and stitch (securing the ends either way I do it).  I’m hoping the non-roll really isn’t strictly for waistbands!

Can someone advise?



  1. mygaley | | #1

    Please send some more details like diaper pattern, location of elastic on diaper (against skin) width of elastic, etc.  I've always felt elastic is elastic but I'm concerned about chafing baby skin.  Galey

    1. 1toolman | | #2

      I've got the Darling Diaper fitted pattern from http://www.darlingdiapers.com.  Elastic is in a casing...3/8" elastic...and it's not right on baby's skin.  I'm in my dh's account now...just noticed his siggy!

      Edited 4/7/2006 12:01 am ET by 1toolman

      1. mygaley | | #3

        What a fascinating site!  If the elastic is completely enclosed, you could try it;  I'd contact the manufacturer about reaction to hot water and bleach or any other cleaning agents.

        Your husband sounds smart:  Never buy less than the best scissors or sewing tools, the less skilled one is, the more important this is.  Galey

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