Today, we’re about to unravel one of the best-kept secrets in the sewing world: clear elastic. Whether you’re a seasoned stitcher or just beginning your sewing adventure, this unassuming, translucent material is about to become your new best friend. Clear elastic brings a bit of magic to your sewing projects, and we’re here to spill the beans on why it’s a must-have in your toolkit.

The Pros of Clear Elastic:

1. Stabilizing Stretch Fabrics:
Imagine sewing a comfy T-shirt, only to have it stretch out of shape after a few wears. Clear elastic comes to the rescue! It stabilizes stretch fabrics like a pro, ensuring your creations maintain their shape and fit.

2. Hidden Support:
Clear elastic has a superpower – it’s virtually invisible when sewn into fabric. This makes it perfect for those behind-the-scenes jobs, like providing support in swimwear, lingerie, or anywhere you want hidden strength without visible stitching lines.

3. Durability:
Let’s face it; we want our sewing creations to stand the test of time. Clear elastic is not only strong but also durable, so you can count on your projects lasting for many sewing seasons to come.

4. Easy to Sew:
You don’t need to be a sewing wizard to work with clear elastic. It’s beginner-friendly! You can stitch it right into your seams or apply it with zigzag stitching along the fabrics’ edge. Easy-peasy!

5. Preventing Shoulder Droop:
Ever had a dress or top where the shoulders start drooping over time? Clear elastic can be your hero here. It helps to prevent stretching and sagging, so your garments look fresh and perky.

Tips for Sewing with Clear Elastic:

1. Use a Stretch Needle:
Your sewing machine will love you for this one. When working with clear elastic, use a stretch or ballpoint needle. It helps prevent skipped stitches and fabric damage. I use a size 90/14.

2. Keep it taught as You Sew:
Here’s a nifty trick: ever so gently stretch the clear elastic as you sew it to match the fabrics’ stretch. Basically keep it really taught while sewing. This prevents puckering and ensures a comfy fit. Also don’t forget to secure the start and finish with a back stitch!

3. Practice on Scrap Fabric:
If you’re new to clear elastic, don’t worry! Practice on scrap fabric first to get the hang of it before diving into your main project. This will give you the chance to check the tension settings as well and make any adjustments if needed.

4. Get Creative:
Clear elastic isn’t just for seams. Get imaginative and use it in different ways, like adding it to cuffs, necklines, or waistbands for that extra structure and flair.

And there you have it, folks – the not-so-secret magic of clear elastic in sewing. It’s versatile, invisible, and oh-so-helpful in keeping your sewing creations looking sharp. So, the next time you’re stitching up a storm, don’t forget to let clear elastic work its wonders. And when it’s time to care for your precious creations, remember this tip: consider hand washing or using a gentle cycle to prolong the life of your elastic and your hard work.

Happy sewing!

My latest creation, the Diana Top using clear elastic in the neckline and bodice at the skirt for extra stability.