Sew Stretchy: Tips for Sewing Fold-Over Elastic
Fold-over elastic, or FOE, is one of many options for finishing the openings to clothing made of knit fabrics, and it can make a bold and fun statement because it comes in so many different colors, patterns, and widths. It can make a bold and fun statement because it comes in so many different colors, patterns, and widths.
What is fold-over elastic?
Fold-over elastic is commonly used to finish the edges of stretchy garments like underwear and swimsuits, as well as headbands for infants and children. One side of the elastic is plush for comfort against the skin, while the other side is usually more decorative.
Some tips for sewing with fold-over elastic include:
Choose a width and finish of fold-over elastic that is appropriate for your project. Avoid FOE that is decorated with glitter because it may feel scratchy against the skin. Delicate lingerie looks better with narrower FOE, especially if the main fabric is lightweight. It can be difficult to keep the fabric abutted to the center of the FOE.
What do you do with fold over elastic?
Fold-over elastic is commonly used to finish the edges of stretchy garments such as underwear, swimwear, pajamas, baby clothes, and cloth diapers, but many people also use it as headbands for infants and children due to its stability and wide variety of colors.
Can you cut fold over elastic lengthwise?
As a result, many people are asking if they can cut elastic lengthwise u2013 for example, u201cCan I cut 1/2u2032u2032 elastic in half to make 1/4u2032u2032 elastic?u201d I don’t recommend cutting elastic lengthwise because it almost always causes the elastic to fray and/or lose integrity. Instead, I recommend making mask ties out of jersey knit fabric.
How do you use fold over elastic for face masks?
Face mask with a fold-over elastic shape
- Fold the seam allowance to one side and stitch right beside the seam on the right side of the front pieces.
- Cut your 5u201d strip in half and fold each piece into a loop, pinning the bottom piece 1/4u201d up from the bottom corner on the short side.
- Trim the corners to reduce bulk.
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How do you gather with elastic?
Elastic Ruche or Gathering Techniques
- Secure the end of the elastic to the edge of the fabric with some stitches.
- Set the machine to a zig-zag stitch.
- Sew on down that piece of elastic, stretching on each end of the elastic as you sew.
Can I cut elastic to make it thinner?
Yes, thick elastic can be cut into thinner strips.
Why won’t my sewing machine sew elastic?
You could be stretching the elastic correctly as you sew, but you could be using the wrong kind of elastic (all elastics are not created equal), or you could be using too short a stitch, stretching the elastic too much, or not having the right kind of elastic for the fabric you’re using, and so on.
Can you cut knit elastic down the middle?
Knitted elastics can be cut, and having wide knitted elastic on hand is useful because you can always cut it narrower if a project requires it.
How do you keep elastic from fraying after cutting?
Sewn or no-sew methods can be used to keep woven elastic from fraying.
- Apply liquid fabric stabilizer to the cut ends of the elastic and use a machine zigzag stitch to overcast the ends.
What is the difference between braided and knitted elastic?
Knit elastic is a soft, lightweight elastic that can be used directly against the skin and does not narrow when stretched. It works best with light- to medium-weight fabrics and can be stitched directly to fabrics.