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Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 7): Elastic

written by Sarah

Let’s dive into the wonderful world of elastic! In this episode we teach you about the most common types of elastic and their pros/cons. By learning how to sew elastic, you will be able to sew many new projects like skirts, dresses, pants, bags…the list goes on.

We teach you how to sew elastic directly on fabric, in a casing, and through a channel.

Don’t be hard on yourself if your stitches are uneven or lines aren’t straight. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Enjoy the learning process!

Be sure to join us for next week’s sewing video!

As always, if you have any questions PLEASE feel free to contact us via the comment section below or through our various social medias (we we’re beginners once, too!)

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16 comments

Janice August 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Sarah, how do I decide how much clear elastic to use? If the waist was 28 inches, would it take about 7 in of clear elastic.

Thanks. Janice

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Sarah August 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Clear elastic is tricky – I like to wrap it around my waist and pull to what feels most comfortable. Sometimes that’s 2 inches less than my waist, sometimes more. Clear elastic doesn’t bounce back as well as knit elastic, so you don’t want to over stretch it.

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Denise March 31, 2015 at 8:11 am

Sarah, what type of elastic can you suggest for one with latex allergies?

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Sarah April 17, 2015 at 5:56 am

Hi Denise! That is an excellent question and something I’ve never even thought about until you asked. I’ve done some research, but am not entirely confident in my findings. I will call a couple of our manufacturers and verify whether or not their elastic has any latex/rubber coatings or additives. I’ll update as soon as I know. Thank you for your patience!

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Sarah April 23, 2015 at 7:31 am

Hi again Denise! Currently, we don’t have any latex-free elastic in stock. However, Dritz does sell latex free elastic. Look for the elastic with the green star on the front of the package – it’ll say latex-free. If you find elastic that doesn’t say “Latex-free”, it’s best to assume it has latex. I hope this was helpful and good luck!

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Buz February 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Sarah, The mystery of elastic revealed. Thanks, I have several projects to which I can now add elastic.

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Sarah February 10, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Hi Buz! I’m so glad the video was helpful – so much can be done with elastic. Good luck on your projects!

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Pat November 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Found your sewing page, absolutely great to fresh my memory after not sewing for a while. Will be catching up on all topics Thanks

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Sarah November 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

I’m so glad you found our page helpful! Thank you so much for watching!

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Nancy November 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

Sarah, you make me want to sew something. Keep up the great work

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Sarah November 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Thank you so much! It means a lot to inspire — I appreciate your feedback!

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Kate October 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Sara, terrific videos. Stayed on topic, well written, well rehearsed and very well presented. very clear explanations and demos. articulation was perfect, visuals were right on, totally understood each topic and for once, no nonsense or inappropriate stories added as in many other videos/presentations where the audience is muttering, “get to the point”. Sara, kudos, Great Job to you and your team!

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Sarah October 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Thank you for your feedback! I try to make the type of tutorials I’d like to watch and I am so glad you enjoy them. Thanks again!

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Roberto P. Aniana September 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

How do you sew braided elastic?

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Sarah October 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

You can check out the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Episode 7 on YouTube for help – here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I74aZPHELE

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Andrea Heidberg August 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

Very helpful!

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