# You asked: How do you sew elastic to fabric?

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## Do you stretch elastic when sewing?

Make sure to stretch the elastic out as you sew so that it will be the same length as the fabric. Sew all the way around the elastic and overlap the beginning of the stitching slightly when you have sewn all the way around the elastic.

## What tension should I use for elastic?

Generally elastic works best when stretched 3-8%, with 8% only being used on the smaller parts of the garment as it’s a bit extreme, as remember the more you stretch the elastic the more stitches you are putting on that space of elastic.

## What Stitch do you use to sew elastic?

Sew with a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch, which will stretch along with the elastic.

1. Finish the hem of the garment, if applicable. …
2. Pin the elastic to the wrong side of the garment, matching the three pins on the elastic and on the fabric. …
3. Switch the elastic to the fabric, stretching the elastic between the pins.

## How much should I stretch elastic when sewing?

Using Math: Generally, elastic is stretched between 3-8%, with 8% being used only in parts where you want the garment to “hug” the body (i.e. at the underarm near the armpit). So if you want to use math, then you can measure the length of what is being sewn and reduce it by 5%.

## Can you cut elastic down the middle?

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, it almost always makes the elastic fray and/or lose integrity.

## Can you sew elastic by hand?

Yes, you can. You can easily sew elastic into your skirts, shorts, and home wear by hand. You will start by measuring the correct length of elastic required to fit your clothes. You can then sew it directly onto your clothes or create a casing into which you will fit the elastic around for a perfect finish.

## Can you cut non roll elastic lengthwise?

Yes, you can cut elastic in half but not every type of elastic can be cut lengthwise.

## Why won’t my sewing machine sew elastic?

You may be using the right technique of stretching the elastic as you sew, but you may have the wrong kind of elastic. All elastics are definitely not equal. Or, you may be using too short a stitch or stretching the elastic too much or not have the right kind of elastic for the fabric you are using, etc.