Frequent question: Can you cut dritz knit elastic lengthwise?

Can knitted elastic be cut lengthwise?

You can cut this knitted elastic any width and any length you want. Cut this 1-¼ Inch wide elastic lengthwise to a width of 1/4” without raveling, fraying or compromising the stretch. No more running to the store to have the exact width or stocking 5 types of elastic!

Can I split elastic lengthwise?

As a result, many people are asking if they can cut elastic lengthwise – i.e. “Can I cut 1/2″ elastic in half to make 1/4″ elastic?” I do not recommend cutting elastic in half lengthwise, it almost always makes the elastic fray and/or lose integrity. Instead, I’d suggest using jersey knit fabric to make mask ties.

Can you cut elastic lengthwise without it fraying?

Prevent fraying when making bands of elastic by overlapping the edges 1/2 inch and sewing a zigzag stitch over the edge of the elastic. Turn the elastic over and sew the overlapping edge on the other side in the same way.

Is braided or knit elastic better for masks?

In my tests, braid elastic held up to stitching and washing better than knit elastic. It was more durable. Braid elastic is flat, so it sits behind the ear and doesn’t roll as much as cord elastic. Flat elastic is also much easier to sew than cord elastic.

What is braided elastic?

Braided elastic has parallel ribs that run the length of the elastic. This type of elastic becomes more narrow as it stretches and loses stretch when it is sewn or pierced with needles and pins. For these reasons, braided elastic is ideal for using in casings, such as waistlines, sleeve hems, or necklines.

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