sewing in soft stretch elastic questions
Hi....I think this elastic is called Soft Stretch elastic. It's been so long since I've bought any, but had some left over from another project.
I am putting this elastic in a pair of shorts for myself. I'm going to run it through the casing and then stitch the opening closed. On the outside, I want to do about 3 or 4 rows of topstitching.
1)Do I stretch the elastic as I'm top-stitching? If so, how much?
2)Should I cut the elastic my waist size (plus 1" for stitching ends together), or should I cut it smaller? I have alot of experience in sewing, but not when it comes to topstitching over elastic. Thank you.