Baby Soft Diaper Elastic 1/4 inch
Sold by the yard. Quantity = number of yards.
Baby Soft elastic does not narrow when stretched. It is a fine webbing that stretches out when you sew it, then gathers in, without the stiffness of typical polybraid elastic. It has a similar effect as Lastin but is easier to apply. See sewing instructions below.
We recommend Baby Soft Diaper Elastic for diaper leg openings - the diaper will gather in for thin thighs or stretch out for chubby thighs - without leaving red marks!
If you've been using braided elastic such as Stretchrite polybraid, give this a try instead. It is much softer, while still gathering well. Why is our elastic softer AND more durable? With braided elastic, the rubber is under tension, so it is stiffer. Baby Soft has rubber channels that are free to flex, keeping the elastic softer. At the same time, the rubber is thicker than in braided elastic, so it holds up longer and better.
This professional quality elastic is widely used in the apparel industry for swimwear. Baby Soft is a blend of polyester and rubber that has been manufacturered specifically to hold up to wet conditions and chlorine.
Of course, it is not limited to just that purpose; in addition to cloth diapers, fitted diapers, pocket diapers and trainers, you can use it for any type of sewing.
Also sold by the 250 yard spool.
Baby soft elastic contains natural rubber latex, if you need latex-free elastic choose Lastin instead.
Sewing requirements for Baby Soft elastic
- Feed it into an overlock stitch (this is the most common apparel industry method); or
- Sew it on with a straight stitch, zigzag or triple zigzag stitch down the middle.
- DO NOT use Baby Soft tacked down just at the ends.
This elastic should be sewn down. Tacking the ends and doing a casing is a method that compensates for the lack of flex in typical braided elastic; keeping braided elastic free in a casing lets it retain some of it's stretch, whereas if you sew it down it gets very stiff and non-stretchy. If you prefer the casing method, please use our extra-soft DSS Braided Elastic.
Why should you NOT use the casing method with this elastic? Baby Soft elastic is knitted - if you pull a loose string at the end, it can unravel. If you tack just at the end, the elastic may pull loose and/or unravel if it is sewn too close to the end. Also, the property that makes the elastic so good for baby legs - the way elastic cords are free to flex within the knitted structure - also means it can twist if not sewn down. This type of elastic is used for swim and high-end athletic, and in manufacturing Baby Soft is always sewn in place. We have seen Baby Soft elastic work in products for years without ever needing to be replaced, and believe the longevity and soft stretch is well worth learning use this elastic.
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Posted by Rebecca Spratling on 23rd Feb 2015
I've tried several types of elastic and this is by far the best one.
Posted by Edda on 13th Feb 2015
This is my go-to elastic when doing rolled elastic. It is so stretchy and soft.
Posted by Dawn on 12th Feb 2015
Great product especially for the price! Easy to use. I'll definitely buy again. A+++
Posted by Vel Jurrus on 10th Feb 2014
Perfect for the diaper covers I am making.
Posted by Paula Mangum on 15th Oct 2013
I like that this elastic holds it's shape when stretched. It makes the application much easier.
Posted by Angie on 1st Sep 2013
Love this elastic, It has a good stretch to it and doesn't leave red marks even when put on relatively tight! :) I use this size for pockets and fitteds
Posted by Mary on 15th Aug 2013
Mt favorite for fitted diapers!
Posted by Tibeca Yao on 30th May 2013
I don't love this elastic for diapers because I case my elastic. BUT this stuff works great for swimsuits! Since it is tacked down, it works beautifully. I imagine it would be just as awesome for diapers if you are tacking it.
Posted by Unknown on 17th May 2013
I've tried all the recommended elastics for diapers in the past five years, and this is the softest, easiest to sew ever!! I very much enjoyed sewing with it. If it holds up as well as it sews up I will have to order in bulk ;)
Posted by Lexi on 22nd Jan 2013
I hate tacking elastic and sewing casings, and this elastic is the answer to my elastic woes! It's so easy to sew, and has retained its stretch really well.
I've already ordered more.
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