Learn the 3 different methods you can use when it comes to sewing a waistband
- Knit Elastic
- Cutting Tool
- Matching thread to the garment
Whether you’re sewing with a serger or a standard sewing machine, an elastic waistband can be easily sewn on using the existing fabric in your project for professional results.
Tip: If you are using a standard sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch for best results.
the most important steps are making sure the fabric waist portion of your project allows for the width of the elastic in order to do so, and an effective top stitch.
Once the elastic is applied, simply fold it under and top stitch. When top stitching, choose a zig zag stitch on a standard machine, or a coverstitch or chain stitch on a serger.
Tip: We recommend you to stretch the waistband as you topstitch which allows for the top stitch to be able to complement the stretch performance
2)Separate Waistband ” Sew-in”
The elastic is sewn onto the seam allowance of the main fabric and separate waistband fabric. The it’s fully enclosed with the remaining waist fabric being folded over, and then secured with a stitch in the ditch which refers to sewing a top stitch in the crevice between 2 fabrics.
3) Elastic Casing Waistband
Making a casing is an easy way to accomplish an elastic waistband. Since its not necessary to stretch the elastic while sewing, or sewing through the elastic itself (other than joining the elastic). Making a casing can be done with the self-fabric, or by adding a separate piece of fabric for the waistband. Using the self-waistband method, you would simply fold the fabric under, the width of the elastic and seam allowance. Top stitch to secure, leaving an opening to thread the elastic thru. Once the elastic is joined, top stitch to close.
Making a casing can be done with the self-fabric, or by attaching a separate piece of fabric for the waistband. Using the self-waistband method, you would simply fold the fabric under, the width of the elastic and seam allowance. Top stitch to secure, leaving an opening to thread the elastic thru. Once the elastic is joined, top stitch to close.
Leave an 1-2 inches opening to put the elastic through
Tip: A better method to avoid any unwanted movement from the waistband, is to use no-roll elastic, also known as woven elastic. It’s more stable than knitted or braided elastic. It does require the butted method to join, since it is too dense to overlap and sew nicely.
Overlap the ends and sew them together. Make sure to reverse a couple of times to make sure the stitching is secure.
Final step: Tuck the seamed elastic back inside the casing and sew across the gap.