I've been having fun sewing in a nice cool air conditioned house. Took the girls to the community pool today for this photo shoot. It was so hot I thought the girls and I would melt. Bathing suits are addicting and I have gone a bit overboard. I am quickly working my way through the 100+ yards of FOE (fold over elastic) and I am getting ready to order more. Whew....who knew. I had always hesitated in working with Lycra/spandex and foe. I just shake my head wondering how I could have waited so long and the lesson learned....don't hesitate, just do it.
Let me just get this out now. I tend to be a perfectionist....no I am a perfectionist! The foe did cause me some issues at first but I developed a few simple tricks that work for me (99.9% of you would not have/want to do this).
1) With a fabric pen: I draw a line along the center fold line of the FOE. When I'm sewing it's hard for these eyes to see the center fold line and the line I draw makes it so easy.
2) I stitch the elastic twice. First time....pinning the fabric to the elastic with the edge of the fabric along my drawn line....then stitch it in place with a "stretch stitch". Then of course I fold the elastic and stitch it in place using a 4.0 zigzag stitch. I know it's a two step process.....but it works for me and a lot better than what I did on my first 1/2 dz. suits......are you ready! I hand basted the elastic on which was very time consuming and then had to remove my basting stitches once the elastic was attached. So..."baby steps" are good. Maybe someday I will be able to do it in one pass.