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waistline elastic — ban-roll

organdy | Posted in General Discussion on

does anyone have experience with cutting 1-1/2 inch wide ban-roll elastic to a 1 inch width to use in a narrower waistband? before i attempt the undoable or unlikely to succeed, i would love to hear from folks. if you do trim (lengthwise), should the still finished edge be on the top of the waistband leaving the cut edge encased in the waistband seam? i’m making a skirt with a separate waistband, following ‘fitted elasticized waistbands’ in Marcy Tilton’s great new book — Simple Sewing. many thanks for your help!


  1. starzoe | | #1

    The elastic would most likely unravel....better to go and buy 3/4".

    1. Sancin | | #2

      Yup - does unravel - and unevenly. Ask me how I know.

      1. organdy | | #3

        ok -- what are the wretched details from which i can learn -- this is why i love gatherings and turn to the forum when trying to understand the limitations of of materials/techniques (by the way, my reference here is issue 115 -- how to choose and use elastic, which references a 'cut thru elastic', however i wasn't sure if ban-roll was the item specified; the article photos didn't look like ban-roll, for sure) -- what's the scoop?

        1. Sancin | | #4

          What I call Ban Roll is elastic that is not supposed to roll. It has definite edges and a type of webbing through the centre. The webbing is sort of cross hatched nylon with elastic running through it. Thus when cut the elastic looses it's structure and the cross hatch webbing/bias pulls the elastic through it. There is elastic available that you can cut through but I can't recall the name. When you look at it you can see where you can cut it. There is also elastic that is beige in colour that is supposed to be used for items that may be bleached or used in swim wear. This is the type of elastic that I use the most and have various sizes on hand. That type of elastic also shreds if cut. Perhaps someone else will know the name of the elastic that can be cut.
          If you happen to use the ban roll that you have and fold it over I think you would find it stretches more on one side than the other. Most elastic come in different widths but sometimes it is hard to find a supplier that carries all widths. Good luck!

          1. organdy | | #5

            great description of exactly the elastic, i.e. ban-roll, that i was looking to 'cut-through.' obviously, with the elastic webbing, cutting lengthwise would not work. my solution will be to use another no-roll elastic in the width i prefer, but it's a fairly thick elastic with evenly spaced ridges. i don't have a local fabric store for notions, so the mail solution would delay my project. thanks for the advice -- i can always count on you'all for guidance!

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