For years, whenever I needed to create a casing into which I needed to insert elastic, I dreaded the task. Making the casing was not the source of the dread: it was inserting the elastic. I’ve used safety pins, bodkins, fishing line type products, but none seemed to make the job that much easier for me. Since elastic has so much stretch, the casing needs to be much longer than the needed measurement over which the cased elastic must fit. This often created so much bulk in the material through which I was weaving the elastic that my hands would cramp, especially when working with heavy materials such as coating wool. Let’s not even talk about the frustration in trying to weave the elastic past each seam! Not to mention that when I had finished threading the elastic through the casing and had sewn the ends of the elastic together to form a circle, my elastic would invariably be twisted. UGH! After getting up to walk around and calm myself, I would need to cut the elastic and start again. Finally, I got smart and changed the way I thought about the process. Let me share my now go-to method for encasing elastic into any material, thick or thin, without all the drama!
By using this technique I have been able to reduce the time it takes me to make a pair of elastic waist pants down to less than an hour from cut out to wearing. My frustration level is much lower so I’m a happier sewer and my clothes look more professional. Happy Sewing!