Like any woven material, elastic will fray. Frayed elastic is not attractive, and fraying loosens the seam and leads to a broad elastic band. If the elastic is a hairband, you will only have hair on your face, but the results can be very embarrassing if it is a waistband. You can prevent the woven elastic from fraying knitting or non-sewing methods.
Often labeled “no-roll elastic,” woven elastic is firm, with distinctive vertical and horizontal ribs. It does not shrink when stretched and can be sewn through without weakening.
When to use it:
It’s suitable for mid-to heavyweight fabrics; use it for casings in garments, home decor, bags, and outerwear.
Woven elastic or no roll elastic is the most substantial garment elastic. This elastic is easily identified by its horizontal and vertical ribs. This variety of elastic does not become more narrow as it stretches and does not lose resiliency when sewn. Woven elastic is ideal for projects that use heavyweight fabrics, such as outerwear.
Sealing the elastic cord ends can be easy if you follow the steps. So here are the three basic steps to seal elastic cord ends:
Sewing elastic into a garment differs from conventional sewing in that you must account for the fabric’s stretchiness due to the elastic.
You can directly sew it to the garment. Sewing elastic straight into the garment is ideal if you want the fabric to be gathered. In contrast, sewing elastic into a casing is better if you wish for the fabric around the elastic to lay flat.
Cut the elastic to size. Measure the amount of the person’s body that the band will wrap around to determine how much elastic you’ll need for the band in your garment. This could be the person’s waist, chest, upper arms, wrists, neck, or any other place covered by the clothing.
Sew the ends of your elastic together. Overlap the elastic ends by 0.25 to 0.5 inches (0.64 to 0.64 cm) (1.3 cm). Sew over the overlapping elastic 2 or 3 times with the zigzag stitch option on your sewing machine. This will ensure that the elastic band’s ends are securely attached.
Pin the elastic to your cloth in four spots that are evenly spaced. Begin by pinning the elastic seam (the region you just sewn) to the fabric’s seam. If the cloth does not have a seam, place your first pin anywhere on the fabric. After that, pin the opposite side of the elastic to the opposite side of the fabric band, and repeat for the other two opposing sides of the elastic. By pinning the elastic in this manner, the elastic band and fabric will be divided into quarters and uniformly attached to four pieces.
Sew the elastic to the fabric’s inside. After you’ve completed pinning the elastic to the cloth, use your sewing machine to sew it in place. Start sewing along the top edge of the elastic with the zigzag stitch setting on the machine. Stretch the elastic as you stitch to ensure that it is the same length as the fabric. Sew all the way around the elastic, slightly overlapping the beginning of the stitching after you’ve finished.
Sew the folded fabric’s bottom edges together. Pull the elastic taut to make it even with the cloth, then start sewing a zigzag stitch down the elastic bottom edge. This stitch should run the length of your fabric’s bottom edge. To ensure that the elastic is secure, overlap the stitching by about 1 inch (2.5 cm).
As a result, many people are asking if they can cut elastic lengthwise – i.e., “Can I cut 1/2″ elastic in half to make 1/4″ elastic?” I do not recommend cutting elastic in half lengthwise, and it almost always makes the elastic fray or loses integrity. Instead, I’d suggest using jersey knit fabric to make mask ties.
Shockcards use very widely in the sailing world. The simplest way is to use a hot blade to cut it. This is only a temporary seal, and it will break.
It is best to wrap around the elastic (make sure it extends almost to the breaking point). I recommend using twine made with a wax whip. After attaching, release the tension and cut with a hot blade. This method makes for a very rigid finish.
Another faster and cheaper method is to use a heat shrink tube. Again, stretch the elastic and compress the tube with a hairdryer or burning match. Then cut with a hot blade.
Woven fabric is generally crisp and not stretchy. It can be as thin as chiffon or as thick as denim. Some woven fabrics, like stretch denim or stretch poplin, have spandex woven in to provide it with some stretch.
As we have said earlier in the content, elastic will fray like any woven fabric. Frayed elastic is unsightly, and it loosens the seam, resulting in a wide elastic band. If the elastic is a hairband, you will merely have hair on your face, but the results might be highly embarrassing if it is a waistband. Knitting other non-sewing procedures can keep the woven elastic from fraying. So if you want to stop the elastic from fraying, all you have to do is follow the steps.