Sewing an Elastic Waistband Casing
In this tutorial I show you how to insert an elastic tape inside a waistband casing. This way of making an elastic waistband casing is very popular for sewing most children's or women's garments of knit fabrics having around waist an elastic strip.
Here you get some tips on how to sew such waistband correctly, without twisting and turning elastic tape into casing.
Note: To do waistband with casing more quality you need have an overlock machine.
Ribbed knit fabric strip
This sewing technique is most often used when sewing a waistband casing is of ribbed knit fabrics.
Sew both sides of your waistband strip together and press the seam, as shown.
Now fold the strip in half and press it.
How measure a length of elastic tape
Wrap an elastic tape around your waist and mark edges where need to cut it.
Don't forget add seam allowances to both edges of elastic.
Sew both elastic tape ends together using a regular straight stitch, as shown. I usually open these seam allowances and sew along every of them, as shown. It helps to join the elastic strip together securely.
Preparation of a waistband casing strip
Now you need divide the folded casing tip into four equal segments with chalk.
Now you need fold your ribbed knit strip in half and insert into this casing an elastic tape.
Note: Marks on elastic tape and on waistband strip must match.
Before stitching you need to fasten a waistband casing edges.
Pin the folded fabric strip with elastic tape inside in four points.
At this stage preparatory work of waistband is completed and it is time use a sewing machine and an overlock.
Sewing a waistband casing
Now you need sew both edges of casing together around entire waistband, as shown.
Note: Do not sew the elastic tape that lay into casing. Sew the knit fabric edges only.
If you will to serge the edge you need trim it before, as shown.
Before attaching casing with elastic tape inside to top of skirt or pants take a chalk and mark the waistband into four equal pieces.
How to add a waistband casing to garments
Pin your waistband casing with elastic tape inside it to a waistline of skirt or pants.
All four pair of marks on waistband and waistline of skirt (pants) must match one another.
Now it is time to serge these layered edges of waistband casing to top part of skirt or pants together around entire waistband.
Note: Be careful, keep fabric of garments away from blades.
Elastic waistband casing in finished form
On this photo you can see an elastic waistband your skirt or shorts, sewn from knit fabrics, in finished form.
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