How to replace the elastic in a waistband

Replace Elastic in Pants

This tutorial will tell you how to replace the elastic in a waistband.

Do you have a garment with a stretched out waistband but after checking you discovered the one end of the elastic is sewn into the waistband. You do not want to or cannot remove the old elastic.

New elastic can easily be inserted into the casing without removing the old. Learn how by watching this video tutorial and reading the following step-by-step written instructions with photo tutorial.

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Use a seam ripper to open the elastic casing about 2 inches either at the back seam or side seam.

Replace Elastic in Pants

To determine the proper width of the elastic, measure the casing from the top to the stitching. This will be the width.
The length of the elastic will be the waist measurement plus one inch.

Place a safety pin on one end of the elastic.

Replace Elastic in Pants

Work the elastic into the casing at the opening.

Replace Elastic in Pants

Continue inserting the elastic into the casing making sure it does not twist.

Replace Elastic in Pants

Overlap the two ends of the elastic one-half inch making sure it is not twisted. Stitch around the outside of the overlapped elastic and place an "x" in the middle.

Replace Elastic in Pants

This will make sure the elastic is secure and will lay flat.

Edge stitch the opening closed either using a straight stitch or zigzag stitch. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

Replace Elastic in Pants

To make sure the elastic does not twist inside the casing, tack it in a few, usually at the seams. Just use a straight stitch to tack the elastic down.

This method is can be used to replacing elastic in pants, skirts and pajamas.

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