People often think that if you’ve been sewing for a long time, you sew everything perfectly the first time, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! My seam ripper and I are definitely well acquainted. I’m a firm believer that even the most seasoned sewists have at least a few simple things that always seem to give them trouble. For me, I somehow seem to often get my elastic (do you love the huge rolls of elastic as much as I do?) twisted when threading through a casing, even after I’m sure I’ve double checked it. It drives me nuts when that happens, because the twist never shows up until after I’ve stitched the elastic ends together and closed the casing! Well, not too long ago, as I was fixing one such twist, it hit me and today I’m sharing the simplest way to never get twisted elastic again!
Perhaps some of you already use this trick, but I figured if it was new to me after all the years I’ve been sewing, there must be some others out there who also haven’t thought of it or been taught it yet.
For this example I used our Polly Peasant Dress & Blouse Pattern (I’ll be showing you more of the entire dress soon!). Stitch your elastic casings as normal, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. Cut your elastic pieces to desired lengths.
Now, simply make a small mark with a pen (disappearing, washable marker, or ball point if you’re on my wavelength) on both ends of each piece on the top of the elastic.
How easy is that?! Now, when you insert your elastic, insert it with the mark facing upward and thread it through.
When you get back to the beginning and exit the elastic, make sure both marks are facing upward and you’ll know there’s no twists in the elastic.
I still like to pin these ends together to double check that there’s no twists. It’s of course possible that there could be a 360 degree twist in the elastic with both marked ends facing upward, but that’s easy to feel for unlike when it’s just flipped once, which is what always gives me trouble (and if that’s the case, simply unpin and twist one end a full turn in the opposite direction of the twist).
That’s it! Stitch your elastic ends together and stitch the casing closed. Now you’ll never have to unpick twisted elastic again :).