Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Okay, the above picture may not look like much. That’s the point! The photo shows Nancy Zieman’s Absolute Easiest Way to Sew an Elastic Waistline – without the telltale topstitching of an elastic waistband!

Over the years, Nancy fine-tuned and personalized traditional sewing techniques. We believe you’ll find this technique to be the absolute easiest way to sew elastic to the waistline of pants, skirts, and even shorts!

Prepare the elastic.

  • Cut elastic length 2″–4″ smaller than your actual waistline measurement, depending on what you feel is comfortable. (If your waist is quite a bit smaller than your hips, pin the elastic together without yet trimming off the excess.)
  • Try on the elastic, pulling it up over your hips. If the elastic is too tight to slide comfortably over your hips, readjust the elastic before sewing it together.
  • Zigzag the elastic ends to a square of woven fabric – without overlapping elastic ends. (This tip eliminates the bulky layers that occur when elastic is connected by overlapping the ends. Zigzag several times to secure elastic to fabric square.
Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z
Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z
  • Trim away excess woven fabric.
  • Quarter mark elastic. Fold it in half and then in half again, placing a pin at each quarter.
  • Also quarter mark the waistline.

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Attach the elastic.

  • Pin elastic to wrong side of garment top edge, matching each quarter point.Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z
  • Serge or zigzag elastic to the cut edge of the waistband, stretching the elastic to fit. (This is what real sewing looks like, many times it’s not perfect.)

 

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

  • Fold elastic to wrong side. Check to be sure fabric is securely wrapped around elastic.

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

  • Topstitch through elastic and garment at each seam. This holds the elastic in position with no need to stitch the elastic to the waistline along the lower elastic edge. This is it for stitching!

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

When wearing the skirt, pants, or shorts that telltale elastic stitching is nonexistent. The sewing is about as easy as it gets! How about that?

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Celebrating 200 Years of Elastic!
  • Did you know that 80 years ago in the 1940s, elastic began replacing drawstring clothing closures?Explore our elastic selections – including our Friend Pamela’s Fantastic Elastic– that may be cut to width!  at ShopNZP.com.

 White Fantastic Elastic, 4 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com

Celebrating 200 Years of Elastic! 

  • Did you know that Thomas Hancock, an English inventor, is credited with creating elastic in 1820?Explore our elastic selections–including our 1/4″ Knit Elastic, 3 yd., 15 yd., and 72 yd.Packs at ShopNZP.com.

one quarter inch White Knit Elastic, 3 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com

one quarter inch Black Knit Elastic, 3 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com

1:4" White Braided Elastic, 72 yd. Spool available at ShopNZP.com

Celebrating 200 Years of Elastic! 

1" White Knit Elastic, 3 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com
1" Black Knit Elastic, 3 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com
3" White Knit Elastic, 3 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com
3" Black Knit Elastic, 3 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com
Celebrating 200 Years of Elastic!
  • Did you know out of all clothing purchased by Americans in 2019, 80% contained Spandex? This trivia tidbit is a bit of a “stretch”, as spandex is different than elastic :-) Explore our elastic selections – including 1/8″ Black Elastic Shock Cord–Now Back in Stock at ShopNZP.com.
1:8" Black Elastic Shock Cord, 5 yd. Pack available at ShopNZP.com

Announcing Exciting New Arrivals at ShopNZP.com

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Shop NEW! Elastics, Cotton Webbing, Zippers & More at ShopNZP.com

Shop NEW Elastics and Trims at ShopNZP.com

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The randomly selected winner of a Stitch it! Sisters 5″ Fabric Short Stack with exclusive S!S button & sticker, from the July 28 Blog Post, Straight Line Machine Quilting with The Ultimate Quilt ‘n Stitch Presser Foot, is Sue Roy.

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Her comment is: The straight line quilting makes everyone a machine quilter! You can finish the quilt all by yourself.

Happy Stitching!

Team Nancy Zieman

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