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The Most Common Problems When Sewing Elastic

The Most Common Problems When Sewing Elastic

Whether you’re making a dress or clothes for your customers, you may encounter a few issues when you begin sewing the elastic portion.

Sewing elastic is a tricky task to do, but here at Sheships, we’re here to help you understand and fix the most common problems when sewing elastic.

Sewing Machine Jams

There could be many reasons why your sewing machine jams when you’re using it to sew elastic. While it may be due to the material itself, it may also be something that you aren’t aware you’re doing.

For example, if you’re not reducing your foot pressure enough while running the elastic through the machine, you run the risk of jumbling it and causing the machine to jam.

Something may be wrong with the device itself. Investigate all areas of the machine to ensure nothing is stuck and everything is working correctly.

Furthermore, look at your needle for any damage or deformities. A sewing machine is highly delicate, and if one thing isn’t right, it can damage your machine and even your project.

Elastic Jumbles

Nesting occurs when the thread gets jumbled underneath the elastic. As a result, the elastic contains uneven tension, missing stitches, and your finished result is messy.

The most common cause of nesting is when the top thread of the elastic wasn’t threaded correctly. Follow the thread guidelines on your machine to re-thread the machine to avoid bird nesting.

Another way to fix nesting is to check your bobbin. Make sure you place it in the right direction inside its case and ensure it’s wound evenly.

Bobbin Thread Tangles

A bobbin thread may become tangled even though the needle is appropriately running along with the elastic. Adjust your tension as needed. Test it on a small area of your knitted elastic band to avoid ruining your entire project if the pressure is mismatched.

Check your needle placement on your sewing machine to ensure it’s placed in the needle bar properly.

Although we may sometimes experience the most common problems when sewing elastic, it’s important to inspect our elastics and sewing machine before each project to make sure we’re completing the proper steps for our beautiful garments!

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