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top 3 types of elastic

Different types of elastic

When sewing, it’s important to know that not all elastic is created equally.

This post will help you know the difference so you can use the correct type on each project you work on!

There are 3 main types of elastic you can purchase from your local craft store. Each type will be available in different widths and have a different stretch. You can buy it by the metre / yard, or purchase it in pre-cut packs.

Different types of elastic

Types of Elastic

Braided (top):
You’ll recognise this by long lines running the length of the elastic. It will loose its stretch when pierced by a needle so it’s great for inside casings, or anything else you don’t need to sew through the elastic for.

Knit (middle):
Looks like a thick bandage, is soft, and doesn’t weaken or become narrow when stretched. For light – medium weight fabrics. You’ll often see knit elastic at the top of knit skirts, and you can buy it in all sorts of colours and designs.

Ribbed / Woven / Non-Roll (bottom):
Vertical lines run across it’s width. It is usually thick and sturdy and doesn’t loose it’s shape when stretched. Sometimes called “non-roll” because the shape of the lines and the sturdiness of the elastic prevent it from curling inside casing. For medium – heavy weight fabrics.

For the Mānuka Skirt and Tui Pinafore I suggest you use the ribbed / woven / non-roll elastic. 

I recommend using ribbed for the Mānuka and Tui because it is the best for inside casings. It is called “non-roll” but if your casing is large and there is room for it to move there is potential that it can roll inside. To prevent rolling, when you have finished sewing, tack it down in the middle of the waist band at the back and at the side seams with a few zig zag stitches. This will keep it anchored in place and will limit movement.

Having elastic at home is so handy to pull out for different projects. Keep a tin in your sewing supplies for any left overs and off cuts, you’ll always be able to whip up a Mānuka Skirt if you need to!

Love and happy sewing,
Sophie x

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