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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sewing Tips - Conquer the Twisting, Rolling Elastic Waist Band

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Hi Sewing Friends:

Here is a really quick and easy sewing tip for you that will solve a lot of elastic waist band problems.

To Your Sewing Success,



Sewing Tips - Conquer the Twisting, Rolling Elastic Waist Band

- by Marian Lewis

©2006 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved

1st Step To Sewing Success


Don't you just hate those elasticized waistbands that roll over and twist all the time? Does the fullness slide around where you don't want or need it?

Do you find yourself avoiding those garments because you don't want to spend so much time untwisting the elastic?

Whether the garment is ready-to-wear or it was one of your sewing projects, you can conquer the twisting, rolling waist band once and for all in just a few minutes with very little effort.

When an elasticized garment waist line casing slides around, it often creates a stetched look over your tummy and too many gathers or fullness in the rear. This is an unflattering look and exactly why so many women hate elasticized skirts and pants.

Use this sewing technique to solve the problem once and for all.

1. Stretch the elasticized portion of the garment crosswise until it is flat with no fullness.

2. Place a pin at the waistline, through the fabric and the elastic at the center front, center back and each of the side seams.

3. Stitch in the 4 seams where you pinned through all the layers. This stitching holds each quarter of the garment so that it will always have the same amount of fullness and it also keeps the elastic from rolling and twisting.

Now, if you have a fuller tummy and flatter rear, move some of the garment fullness toward the front and have less in the back before you pin and stitch. That gives you more fabric where you need it and holds it there.

This sewing technique works on dresses with elasticized waists and the bottom of elasticized sleeves, too. Don't forget to use it on the kids clothes. It will save a lot of time and frustation.

Enjoy the comfort of elastic, grow with you when you go out to dinner, waist bands and always look and feel so smart.

It just makes sense!


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Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor, author and creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks who want great fitting skirts and pants. In her mini-course ebook, she teaches step-by-step common sense techniques how to find out WHAT you really need, WHERE you really need it and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern.

Marian is also the author of many articles and other mini-course ebooks related to sewing highlighting, "It Doesn't LOOK Homemade"Sewing Techniques.

Check out her website at 1st Step To Sewing Success.

Discover Fitting And Sewing SecretsTo Achieve Sewing SuccessCheck out the mini-course ebooks:

"Common Sense Fitting Method For Hard-To-Fit Sewing Folks Who Want Great Fitting Skirts And Pants"

"Sew A Tee Pee And Accessories For Your Tribe Of Kids"

"Classy Designer Straight Skirt"


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