How To Sew Picot Elastic

Sewing picot elastic can add a decorative edge to lingerie, underwear, or other garments that require stretch and a finished look. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to sew picot elastic:
Materials Needed:
2. Fabric to which you’ll be attaching the elastic
3. Sewing machine with zigzag stitch capability
4. Thread
5. Pins
6. Fabric scissors
1. Prepare Your Fabric:
   Cut your fabric according to the pattern you’re using and have it ready for attaching the elastic.
2. Cutting the Elastic:
   Measure and cut the picot elastic to the length needed for the edge you’re covering. Make sure to add a small overlap (about 1/2 inch) for joining the ends later.
3. Pin the Elastic:
   Place the elastic along the edge of your fabric, aligning the raw edges. Use pins to secure the elastic to the fabric at intervals, ensuring it’s evenly distributed.
4. Sewing the Elastic:
   Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch. This stitch allows the fabric to stretch without breaking the thread. Start sewing at one end, using the zigzag stitch to sew through both the elastic and the fabric, making sure to keep the edge of the fabric aligned with the edge of the elastic.
5. Stretching as You Sew:
   As you sew, gently stretch the elastic to match the length of the fabric. This will ensure that the finished edge has a nice, gathered appearance and provides the necessary elasticity for the garment.
6. Overlapping and Securing:
   When you reach the end of your fabric edge, overlap the elastic by about 1/2 inch with the beginning of the elastic. Sew over this overlap several times to secure it.
7. Finishing:
   Trim any excess elastic and thread. Give the edge a final press if necessary.
– Practice on scrap fabric first to get a feel for sewing with picot elastic.
– Use matching thread to blend in with the elastic or contrasting thread for a decorative touch.
– Take your time and sew slowly, especially when stretching the elastic.
– Experiment with different widths of picot elastic to achieve various decorative effects.
By following these steps, you should be able to sew picot elastic onto your garments effectively, providing both functionality and a decorative finish.