Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Okay, the above picture doesn’t look like much. That’s the point! It’s the easiest way to sew elastic to a waistline without the telltale topstitching of an elastic waistline.

Over the years, Nancy tweaked and personalized sewing techniques.  Her favorites are collated in the book, The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew. She shares a bonus technique for the letter “E” for inserting Elastic in a waistline. We believe you’ll find this technique to be the absolute easiest way to sew elastic to a waistline.

Prepare the elastic.

  • Cut the elastic 2″–4″ smaller than your 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 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 woven fabric without overlapping the ends. (This tip eliminates the bulk that occurs when elastic is connected by overlapping its ends. Zigzag several times.
Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z
Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z
  • Trim away the excess woven fabric.
  • Quarter mark the 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 the elastic to the garment at each quarter point, meeting the elastic to the wrong side of the garment. Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z
  • Serge or zigzag the elastic to the cut edge of the waistband, stretching the elastic to fit. (This is what real sewing looks like, sometimes it’s not perfect.)


  • Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

  • Fold under the elastic for a casing. Check to be sure the fabric is securely wrapped around the elastic.

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

  • Stitch through the elastic and garment at each seam. This holds the casing and elastic in position. Don’t stitch the elastic to the waistline along the lower edge. This is enough stitching! Time for tea…

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

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

Nancy Zieman's Sewing A to Z

All of Nancy’s favorite sewing tips are in one book.

  • The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew chapters include:

    • Sewing Notions
    • Sewing Machine Confidence
    • Serger Spotlight
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Facts
    • Sewing Basics
    • Beyond the Basics

Watch The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew (Part One) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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For a chance to win a copy of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, from Nancy’s Notions, tell us if you have ever used this easy elastic sewing tip. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog.

The randomly selected winner of a set of eight Landscape Quilt Note Cards by Nancy Zieman, is Irene Hynes.

Her comment is: I love all of the art that Nancy has done. My favorite from this group is “Out on a Limb.” It reminds me of the apple trees in bloom in springtime at our country place. The blossoms remind me that life continues, and make me very happy. I have always admired Nancy’s ideas and projects, and the way she taught us. I am so glad the journey continues with Nancy Zieman Productions.

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The two randomly selected winner of win a copy of Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story–A Memoir of Faith, Family and Friends by Richard Zieman, from the October 15 Book Blog Tour are: Carolyn Prentice and Deb Regner.

Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story by Richard ZiemanTheir comments are:

Carolyn PrenticeNancy was my friend to sew with, I love to watch her shows and feel I have a friend with me. I worked a lot as a nurse and sometimes my time off did not match my friends so Nancy was my sewing Friend. I learned so much from her and what others were doing for their community. She truly taught so many of us. Thank you so much for spreading her story. Very Sincerely. Carolyn
Deb RegnerI just commented last night to my husband that I miss Nancy. I was reading a different author’s sewing book that didn’t have very clear explanations and the photos were hard to decipher. Nancy always made everything so clear and easy to follow. “Bye for now,” Nancy!


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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