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Unread 09-23-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Spandex and Elastic

What kind of elastic should I use to sew into the leg line and leg holes of my sailor fuku? Should I use knitted, braided, or plastic? Also, should I first sewing the elastic into the wrong side of the fuku and then fold it over so that it is " encased" or should i first sew it on the right side?
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Unread 09-23-2016, 02:06 PM   #2
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The pattern directions should say how to insert it, but generally yes, it's sewn on the wrong side, flipped over and encased on all the spandex garments I've sewn that called for elastic.
As for elastic, I try to get elastics that won't fray when cut, especially if I have to cut them down to a narrower width (which happens most of the time). Unfortunately I forget what precisely it's called in the packaging (also because I tend to buy elastic in bulk, which means I don't get a package to reference), but as a visual it's not ribbed cross-wise- elastic with those chunky ribbing sections running across it frays TERRIBLY- and only has the elastics running lengthwise with very light to no ribbing.
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Unread 09-23-2016, 04:33 PM   #3
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Hopefully this video answers some of the technique questions.

Although both times I've tried it it didn't come out anywhere near that well, as you can kind of see in the waistband of my Pink Ranger tights. Practice makes perfect, plus I think I was using the wrong type of elastic (using woven when I should've used knit).
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