Sewing is a job that requires creativity and the ability to coordinate as well as use different materials well. If you are having a project using elastic but are wondering which is the perfect elastic to use, then the article about 17 different types of elastic in sewing below is for you.
Just like specialized fabrics for sewing, elastic also has many different types with different thicknesses, hardness, and different shapes. These distinctions are intended to help elastomer users choose the right elastomer for the project.
Each shape of the elastic also depends on the intended use of the user’s elastic. In every fashion project, there is always a perfect combination of fashion materials. What can you do with elastic? What kind of elastic does your fashion project need? Is the elastic only used to make elastic waistbands or can it do the unthinkable as a decorative addition to your project?
We will contribute to helping you get yourself a suitable elastic so that you can complete your project in the best way with the article 17 different types of elastic in the sewing industry.
1 What are the most popular types of elastic today?
The use of elastic in the garment industry has become so common, but do you know how many types of elastic people have been produced to apply to the fashion and garment industry?
The starting point of the elastic is to be used as a fixation for clothes on the body, but in fact, now it can do more amazing things than that, with the creativity of the designers. They can transform and become special decorative points that make up the highlight of a project. What kind of elastic do you need for your project? Find out with us right here.
Elastic type for baby
It is easy to recognize the characteristics of this type of elastic based on its name. To be used for a baby’s sensitive skin, this must be a soft elastic, suitable for sewing baby clothes.
This elastic has the ability to work well in areas that need stretch but are not too rough on the baby’s skin. This elastic has good elasticity and is painless for children.
Buttonhole elastic type
This is the most common type of elastic with a width of about 2 knuckles and has evenly spaced eyelets so you can attach more buttons to the elastic easily. This is the type of elastic often found in pants because its hug is very good and does not cause imprints on the user’s skin surface.
Buttonhole elastic type is popularly used to make belts for children’s clothes because it can hug the child’s waist perfectly without hurting the child. In addition, this is also the type of elastic used a lot to sew maternity clothes because of its good properties.
Braided elastic type
Braided elastic is much smaller than buttoned elastic in both width and thickness. The only similarity between them is that they are both wired elastic. If the buttonhole elastic is used to sew the waistband of the pants, the Tet elastic is often used to sew the sleeves for gentle princess dresses.
This elastic is more commonly used for sewing scrunchies because of its rather light nature. This elastic is great for pairing with similar fabrics like chiffon and vintage projects.
Clear elastic type
Clear elastic is a great elastic to help stabilize the seam or use in knit shoulder straps for stability. Of course, this elastic will be the invisible strap for the bra and can be used as a perfect swimsuit that you can refer to for your project.
The elasticity of the rope is very good and strong when it can be used as a material to replace the hanging tape in the project.
Corded Elastic Type
Corded elastic is the most commonly used elastic in sewing projects. The quality of the elastomer is strong and sturdy, this elastic also comes in a variety of colors for you to choose from. The applicability of this elastomer is wide. Sometimes it can replace some other elastomers and the quality is still quite good.
Elastic band draw
Drawstring elastic is a type of elastic with a rather special design when there is an elastic band clamped along the middle of the elastic band. This type of elastic is used very well for sportswear and casual wear.
Sometimes this elastic is used to make the waistband or skirt waistband. This elastic fabric is quite durable and high quality but it will be bad if you sew it with delicate fabrics because it is a very difficult job, sometimes a little mistake will cause your seam to be damaged and makes your project lack aesthetics.
Elastic thread type
The elastic has a round and small design that is quite similar to the thread, I do not recommend it for sewing pants because the durability and size of the elastic are not enough to sew the waistband. But a lovely skirt waistband is one thing that you need to pay attention to when using this elastic.
Elastic thread can be sewn directly into the project when you simply use it as a capable stretch thread. Not a bad suggestion when you use this elastic to sew ruffles for body-hugging dresses.
Fold-over elastic is elastic with soft properties. You can use it to sew everyday wear and use it to sew underwear. This elastic will not cause pain to your skin even sensitive skin parts, so you can rest assured to use it.
These elastics are similar in shape to wool that you can use them to knit warm scarves. But actually, spandex hats are often used for beading projects. This elastic property is very flexible but not as soft as embroidery thread. You can fully use them for cross-channel sewing and different positions with narrow zigzag seams.
Knitted elastic Type
Knitted elastic will sometimes be sewn directly onto the fabric, sometimes will be used to sew a wide elastic waist because the gentle nature of the elastic will not hurt your skin is to create a certain degree of comfort when you wear it in motion. You can use this elastic with light to medium weight fabrics.
Lace elastic type
Lace elastic is most commonly used to sew underwear, this is one of the rare types of elastic with high aesthetics when it can both be used as an elastic material and can be used as a decoration material.
Lingerie elastic type
Lingerie elastic is a well-known figure in the lingerie industry. Surely you also know that the sewing of underwear is extremely important in terms of the quality of elastic and fabric. All must be soft and do not damage sensitive skin. This elastic has a certain softness that helps the wearer of products with this type of elastic have the most comfortable experience.
Ruched elastic is another elastic used in the underwear industry, although ruched elastic is not as famous as lingerie elastic, the quality of ruched elastic is almost on par with lingerie elastic.
This type of elastic will also contribute to your project more aesthetic, it depends on your creativity, if you have the ability to combine ruched elastic then do not hesitate to try to complete the project you want. can think. Who knows, there will be an unexpected result.
Swimwear elastic type
To be able to sew swimwear, this elastic must be an elastic that is resistant to saltwater and chlorine so that the swimsuit does not deteriorate too soon when it is first used. The normal elastic is often damaged when faced with saltwater, but swimwear elastic is a good salt-resistant elastic, very suitable for sewing swimwear.
Woven elastic type
Woven elastic is one of those elastics that feel good when used by a tailor. This is a great elastic that can be used for many different projects and is a very impressive material for bra straps.
With many elastic properties such as no-roll and no-twist, you won’t have to deal with elastic shrinking when stretched. This elastomer is also commonly used in casings and channels.
Underwear elastic is usually sewn directly on the surface of the fabric for fixation, usually sewn around the fabric or the back of the fabric to collect. The property of this elastic is durable, so this type of elastic will often be seen on the waistband of boxers or sports pants.
Pushback elastic type
Pushback elastic is an elastic type of free latex along with its soft copy or also known as elastic felt back. This type of elastic is often used on the waistband of pants or underwear. In addition, this elastic can also be used for decoration.
What kind of fabric is stretchy?
From the beginning, rubber is a product made from latex. But today it can be seen that people can produce elastic without rubber as in the past. Especially for elastic used in the medical industry.
However, for garment products, the most common elastomers are made from latex-based rubber along with polyester fibers because these tend to hold up when subjected to abrasion.
The elasticity of polyester and spandex?
Polyester is an elastomer that is soft and slightly stretchy. Polyester is made of synthetic materials, so it can be seen that polyester fibers are quite tough and durable.
Now, garment experts are able to produce stretchy pure polyester fabrics by applying modern weaving methods. Some products such as synthetic polyester yarn with spandex will give a much better stretch.
How many types of elastic are there?
Currently, there are 3 common types of elastic that we often see: braided, woven, or knitted
- Braid: elastic braid is the most widely used and popular type in the sewing industry. The design of the braided elastic is also characteristic with horizontal and vertical veins running parallel to its length.
These horizontal tendons help the elastic to contract as it is pulled. Braided elastic is often used to make a cover, or used to make sleeves.
- Woven: This elastic is perfect for medium to heavyweight fabrics because of its durability and strength. Woven is also known as a non-rolling elastic because of its property of not rolling when placed in a shell.
This type of elastic is easy to distinguish from the other two because of its thick longitudinal and transverse thickness. What is special about this elastic is that its elasticity will not be affected after sewing into the design. Woven can be sewn to make a cover or used to sew through. This type of elastic is commonly used to make bags or coats.
- Knitted: The name also suggests this spandex material is manufactured-knitted. Knitted elastic is very soft and stable but the durability is not too high because it will be abrasive on the skin after a long time of use.
Its difference is that it will not shrink when stretched and the elasticity of the elastic is not affected after being sewn into the design. Knitting can be used to sew covers or to sew through. Often found in the elastic waistband of pajama pants because the elastic material touches the skin gently and does not cause skin marks.
What is the softest type of elastic today?
The softest type of elastic available today is elastic knitting. The property of this elastic is soft and comfortable. The characteristic of this type of elastic is that it does not shrink when stretched and does not cause pain when in contact with the user’s skin. Knitted elastomers are generally suitable for use on lightweight fabrics and can be sewn directly onto the project.
Does bleach reduce the quality of the elastic?
To be honest, elastic usually won’t be able to resist bleach. Bleach will remove color as well as degrade the quality of the elastic and damage the threads over time.
Especially if you use chlorine bleach, you should pay attention to properly dilute bleach. You should also follow the instructions in the bleaching process exactly to ensure your own safety.
3 Final words
Sewing requires you to have high creativity, and the ability to combine materials and fabrics together to form a perfect whole. The use of elastic in apparel is also very common, if you can understand the properties of fabrics and can apply them to the project then you are a great tailor. We hope that through our article, you will find the most suitable elastic for your fashion project.
Henry Pham (Pham Quang Anh), CEO of DONY Garment
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