Ooh La La Pin Up Sew Along Pt. 3... Finishing the leg and waist openings with elastic

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Depending on the type of elastic you are using, you will use different methods to apply the elastic.  However, the basic idea is the same.  Baste your elastic on, pulling gently to ensure a secure fit.  Fold your elastic under, or over, and zig-zag stitch down, pulling flat as you go.  When you finish, you want your elastic to pull your leg and waist opening slightly smaller - about 2" depending on the resiliency of your elastic.

For foldover elastic -baste the elastic to the wrong side, as you would bias tape. Use a long zig-zag stitch.

Trim back any excess, fold over towards the right side, and zig-zag stitch down, pulling as you go.

If using a flat lingerie elastic, with or without a picot edge, baste onto the right side of your garment, pulling gently as you go. Stitch about 1/16" away from the edge of the elastic, furthest from the edge of your garment.  For instance, if you are applying a 1/2" elastic to the waist band of your panties, baste on 7/16" away from the seam allowance.  Make sense?

Trim back any excess, fold your elastic under, and top stitch down.

Voila! Two easy ways to finish off your garments... And you're done!


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  2. I am trying to sew on my elastic, but I am getting a lot of skipped stitches. The elastic is lingerie elastic, and the fabrics are a mesh-like double knit and a gauzy blend. Any suggestions for avoiding skipped stitches?

    1. I've had this happen before... There are a few things I do when I notice this happening. First thing I do is I clean out my machine. Sometimes a build up of fluff can cause skipped stitches. Second thing I do is change my needle. I'm not sure why this helps, but it has fixed the problem for me in the past... It is very frustrating when that happens!

    2. What type and size needle would you use for this? I tried a few different ones, and while some worked better than others, none was perfect. I will clean and oil my machine too, and see if that helps!

  3. Hello Lulu! Um this has nothing to do with the great things you make but I'm a new blogger myself and i was just wondering if it would be alright to post your blog on a list of blogs that i love...? I hope you understud my question :)

  4. Hello Lulu,

    A bit late....but i finished my set from your pattern.
    You can see it on my blog: emmaput.blogspot.com
    Thanks for the nice pattern .

    greetz Emma


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