Inserting and Sewing Elastic with Ease

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Whether in the waistband of pants, around the bottom of a sleeve, or on any home décor item, inserting elastic can be tricky. ZJ Humbach teaches both old and new methods to make inserting any size of elastic easy. If you don’t have any tools on hand, a safety pin can help you slide the elastic through a casing. If you’ll be inserting a lot of elastic or just want to make things even easier, a bodkin is the answer. This tool is fairly inexpensive and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as in both plastic and metal. ZJ Humbach explains how each tool works and even shows how to use it in other ways with ribbon and trim for an embellishment!

Depending on the type of bodkin you have, they can also serve different functions. A bodkin like the first shown in the video, sometimes called a “pull” bodkin, can come in handy if a drawstring slips into a waistband or hood of a sweatshirt. Rather than pulling the drawstring all the way out in order to feed an end through a bodkin or secure with a safety pin, simply insert the pull bodkin teeth side first into the casing opening, grab the drawstring by pinching the bodkin and securing with the metal ring, then pull it out! This type of bodkin can also be used to turn straps or other narrow casings right side out.

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5 Responses to “Inserting and Sewing Elastic with Ease”

    The demonstration of the metal bodkin was incorrect..The metal bodkin has “teeth” at one end that grasps the elastic. You slide the metal ring towards the teeth to tighten the grip…it’s then ready to thread on through your casing. It’s one I’ve used forever, but I think the plastic ones would be easier. I’ve had the elastic slip out of the teeth.

  2. Paula Maxwell

    I was taught that the metal bodkin with the slide holds the elastic at the TEETH on the front of the bodkin. The slide then moves up to tighten and then the rounded end is fed into the casing.

  3. Judy

    Yes, the demonstration was wrong. I agree with both of the other comments. That’s the correct and easy way.

  4. Pamela Kawashima

    The metal bodkin was demonstrated incorrectly. As mentioned on other comments, the elastic should be caught in between the teeth of the bodkin like a tweezer and you push the ring towards the teeth so it is tight on the elastic. Then you feed the bodkin into the casing so it is all going the same direction as the elastic, not 90 degrees to the elastic! Impossible to do on a thin casing! Otherwise, good video!


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