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Greeting fellow sewers!

My brand new article, 'Using Narrow Elastic in Fashion Sewing' has just been published.  In my article, guide and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to demonstrate for you some of the benefits of using narrow elastic in fashion sewing.  Narrow elastic is a great way to add both form and function to a garment or sewing project.  Used as both a decorative feature (using the elasticity to create dramatic effects) or as a key component during construction (allowing clothing to function correctly), narrow elastics are a quick and easy fix.  Whether hidden or exposed, stitched or encased, using narrow elastics within a sewing project can develop a mundane piece of clothing into an eye catching masterpiece.  Before we progress with this demonstration, if you’d like to see a practical demonstration relating to sewing with narrow elastic, simply click the following - Video tutorial – Sewing with Narrow Elastic

Narrow Elastics – The Basics

You can purchase elastics either online or at a local fabric store. I’d recommend the latter for the simple reason, that you can touch, feel, stretch and assess each type of elastic and find the one best suited to your specific sewing project.

Elastics do come in varying widths (usually found on a roll or similar). To be considered ‘narrow‘ elastic, we should be looking at a width ranging from around 6mm’s – 1/4 inch up to and including 2cm’s – 7/8 inch.

Elastics within fashion sewing do come in wide varieties. As with most things, mistakes will be common and the only real way to learn is through good old trial and error, however, the following pointers should point you in the right direction.

1 – Non roll elastics. Ideal for use in most sewing projects and it is used by being stitched directly onto fashion fabric.

2 – Clear plastic elastics. Soft to the touch and has an almost 100% stretch recovery. The ends will not fray unlike some non roll elastics.

3 – Lingerie elastics. Designed to be exposed and both supple and flexible. This elastic generally has a decorative picot edge and has a minimal amount of fraying to cut ends.

No matter which narrow elastic you choose to use in your sewing project, remember that they can be stitched into place using the zigzag stitch on a sewing machine or, on a serger / overlocker depending on the sewing project.

To see the tutorial video, click Using Narrow Elastic in Fashion Sewing.

Happy fashion sewing!


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