Sewing Machines

When you need to add elastic to the garments you create on Juki sewing machines, one of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by making an elastic casing. Casings work well for adding elastic to pull-on garments and those that need some closure at the sleeves or wrist. They are especially suited for adding elastic waistbands to pants or skirts sewn on your Juki TL2000Qi. With just a few simple steps, you can make a stretchy, elastic waist with very little effort.

What Is An Elastic Casing?

Elastic casing is a fabric tube stitched into your garment to enclose elastic for waistbands and other areas that need to stretch. When using this method, the elastic remains loose within the casing and is not stitched directly to the fabric. It is the easiest method for adding an elastic waistband or another type of gather when using a sewing machine.

It is also very comfortable for the person wearing the garment since the elastic stays within the fabric. This same technique can also be used for making a drawstring waist using cord instead of elastic to tighten the waist.

How to Make an Elastic Waistband Casing

Sewing an elastic casing waistband into a garment with your Juki TL2000Qi could not be easier. It involves only the few simple steps shown below and a length of elastic to fit the waist measurement of the garment:

  • Fold the Casing - Begin by sewing a line of stitching around the waist of your garment that is ¼-inch from the cut edge of the fabric. Turn the edge of the fabric to the inside of the garment up to the stitched line and press it down. Then make another larger inward fold that is wide enough to hold the width of your elastic. Press the fabric again. This is the tube the elastic will fit into.
  • Stitch the Casing Closed - With the fabric still folded down toward the inside of the garment, stitch around the bottom edge of the fold from the right side of the fabric to close the bottom of the casing. Leave an opening large enough to insert the elastic. You should now have a closed tube at the garment waistline. Stitch again along the top of the casing at â…› inch from the folded edge to make a finished looking edge.
  • Insert the Elastic Tape - Once the tube has been stitched nearly all the way around the waist, push the elastic tape into the opening and through the casing. Use a bodkin to help progress the tape along until you can pull it out at the other side of the opening.
  • Close the Elastic and Casing - After determining how long your elastic must be to provide the amount of stretch you want, cut the elastic and then stitch the ends together on your machine. Overlap the elastic by ½-inch and stitch multiple times using a straight stitch, sewing a box, or using the zigzag stitch found on most Juki sewing machines. Tuck the closed elastic into the casing and evenly distribute the fabric around the elastic. Finish the waistband by stitching the remaining opening closed. Your easy elastic casing waistband is now complete.

Adding elastic to garments sewn on sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Qi is an important step in making clothing that is comfortable and fits great. With just a few folds of the fabric and some simple stitching using Juki sewing machines, almost anyone can make clothing with fitted waists, wrists, and even leg hems. Whether you are sewing casual wear, workout clothes, swimsuits, or clothing for children, adding elastic by using the casing method couldn't be easier!