Although elastics can be seen in many arts and crafts projects, they are mostly used in the construction of clothes. They can be seen as waistbands in women’s dresses or on the sleeves or hems of shirts and the ankles of pajamas.
However, most people, especially those who are new to sewing as a hobby or those who are not very familiar with the elastics and their right process to sew them, often end up having trouble trying to get the elastic to fit into the fabric. After all, sewing elastic is not at all the same as sewing ordinary fabric.
If you find that you are having a hard time or difficulty sewing your elastics to your garments, check out the following tips below!
When working elastic, it is best that you use ball-point needles. Ball-point needles are specially designed and manufactured for sewing elastics and other stretchable materials. This is far different from the ordinary needle and is characterized by a bulging eye. Also, the blade below the eye is reduced as compared to the ordinary sewing needle. The needle is designed this way because the bulge is supposed to separate the fibersrather than cut them. Like most needles though, ball point needles come in different sizes, and choosing the size of the needle that you are going to use depends on whether you’re sewing light or heavy fabric.
There are several things to consider when it comes to finding the right stitch for elastics. First, many contest that any type of stitch will pretty much work for elastics, but some experts find that a zigzag or straight stitch works better than the others.Second, you may want to use a longer stitch length, say 3 or 4 cm.
The Thread Tension
You’ll need to keep an eye on the thread tension since you may need to adjust while you’re sewing elastics. This is because the fibers in the elastic tend to stretch and thus provide wider opening as compared to before it was stretched.
The Right Measurement
When sewing elastic to the fabric, t is advisable that you cut the elastic about 10% shorter than the intended length, otherwise you’ll find an extra piece of the elastic hanging at the end after you’re done sewing. So for example, if you’re sewing 1/4” colored elastic to a waist measurement of 30 inches, then the ideal length of the elastic should be around 27 inches. The reason here is that the elastic will tend to stretch while you’re sewing. If you’re in doubt, you can get the elastic and wear it on your waist (or wherever it is supposed to go) for about an hour or so to check if it’s too loose or too tight.
There are other things that may need to be considered when sewing elastics, but these four tips should be enough to cover the basics. Remember, choosing the right elastics using the right materials and knowing the right process is the best way to ensure that you don’t ruin whatever project you’re working on.
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