Hello, sewing friends! Today I want to share with you a new (to me, anyway) method for sewing fold over elastic. I recently read a comment in the Bra Making group on Facebook from someone who uses basting in the first pass while sewing fold over elastic, instead of using zigzag. I tried it out, and I think I like it much better than using zigzag on both passes! Here is a video, showing this method in detail. Enjoy!
Fold over elastic: you either love it or hate it. I can understand why some sewists have a hard time wrangling this elastic. But it is widely available and comes in many colors, and even printed patterns. I'll show you two different methods of sewing, the typical two-pass method, and a single-pass method for the more adventurous sewists!
Matte elastic is my favorite elastic to use when sewing panties. It is thin and soft, but provides enough stretch to hold the panties in place. If you'd like to try some out, you can find matte elastic in colors from Sew Sassy, and black and white from Fabric Depot. Both vendors can be found on my Resources page.
Piping elastic makes a subtle but beautiful edge to your panties. Two different ways to sew it with very different results!
Stretch lace is a beautiful way to finish the edges of your panties. So many different widths, styles and colors! In this video I will show you a few samples from my collection of lace, explain a term you might see on your pattern (lopol), and show you how to sew along the scalloped edge of lace.
In this video you will learn about what picot elastic is, how to choose the correct kind of picot elastic for sewing panties (and how it is different than the elastic used in bra-making), and two different methods for sewing picot edge elastic.
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