Saturday, January 4

My Favorite Elastic Waistband

There's more than one way to put in an elastic waistband, and this is my favorite. Why? It's quick and easy. It looks neat. The elastic will not twist.
Here are the steps:
1. Cut elastic 2-3" shorter than the waist measurement. I usually cut mine 3 inches shorter.  Overlap the ends of the elastic about 1/2 inch and stitch securely.  Divide the circle into quarters and mark with pins.  I like to start with a pin just to one side of the overlap, and place that at the back of the garment.  Placing the mark to the side prevents the bulk of the overlap from lying on top of the bulk of the back seam.
2. Divide the garment top in quarters and mark with pins.
3. Pin the elastic to the inside of the garment, matching pins. Tip: If the waistband is large (the one in the photo is for a little two-year-old), pin between the quarter marks as well.
4. Stitch the elastic to the garment, stretching the elastic as you sew.  You can use a serger or a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.  Either way, use a longer stitch length, since the stitches will "shrink" as the elastic relaxes.  Also, a small stitch will prevent the elastic from fully relaxing.  No one wants a wavy waistline!
5. Flip the elastic to the inside, making sure the garment is pulled close to the (now) top of the elastic and pin.
6. Stitch on the outside of the garment, stretching garment and elastic as you sew. Once again, use a longer stitch length.  You can use a single needle and a straight stitch, as long as you stretch as you sew.  A zigzag works, too.  My favorite, however, is to use a double needle, the 4mm size.  Yes, it's a pain to change the needle and add a second spool of thread, but you can use the double needle to do your hem, too.  And I think it makes a nice, neat look.

Give this method a try and let me know how it worked for you!

Sew happy!

1 comment:

Kate and Kevin said...

I like this tip! - Kate