How to Fix Stretched Elastic Waistband|Easy Fixing Method: 2022

We often bought joggers, pants, or skirts of knit fabric or even made of woven fabric with elastic waistband. Sometimes we forgot to check the waist measurement with the enjoyment as they are good-looking and available at a low price. But, after buying the dress with an elastic waistband, we mostly feel bad for improper fitting. The bottom is sometimes found loose or tight in the waist. Most of the time, we experience loose fittings for the stretched properties of the elastic band. If your bottom isn’t returnable and finding a way to make it your size, you are in the right stage to make it perfect by how to fix stretched elastic waistband easily at home without any skill.

How to Fix Stretched Elastic Waistband
Fix Stretched Elastic Waistband

In most cases, we bought such clothing because of design and price. It’s completely ok if you know the perfect way of resizing the elastic waistband. But, when you don’t know the ways but already messed up everything and now worry about the money you’ve invested, this is the perfect time to know the quick and easy solution to fix the stretched elastic waistband on your own.

Anyway, even if you’ve got a perfect fitted trouser or pants with an elastic that keeps and holds the entire dress in the waist, unfortunately, it can also lose the property of elasticity pretty quickly. Do you ever stretch the elastic waistband of trousers that never goes back to the previous position or shape?  Then you may hear a soft and muffled sound? By the way, let’s discuss the pristine method used by most experts in terms of elastic adjustment and clothing works.

How to Fix Stretched Elastic Waistband with and without Sewing?


When you have a trouser with an elastic waistband, and that doesn’t look to be adjusted in your waist because of the measurement of the attached elastic, you can take some initials to adjust it quickly. But what are those quick methods that you must take to overcome this problem?  When we ask “How to fix stretched elastic waistband?” a simple word hits the mind which is about sewing machine and seam. Luckily, here I will give you both explanations to make a real elastic adjustment with and without a machine.  Here are the two methods that will describe in this article section.

  • Steaming or heating method
  • Cut  out the extra elastic and sew

Method-1 Steaming or Heating

Tools Required for Steaming Method

  • Pin
  • Measurement tape
  • Wax chalk  
  • Steam Iron or Iron
  • Towel  
  • Water sprayer                    

Step-1 Prepare the Elastic Waistband

In this method, I’m going to apply press by steam iron directly to compress the elastic property of the waistband in terms of size adjustment. To do this, the first step would be preparing the waist belt to the required size on a table or ironing board. If you don’t have any board you can use a bed mattress easily. Here, I measure my waist requirements of mine and place the trouser over the table. After taking the measurement, we are ready to pin the bottom of the elastic.

Step-2 Put the Measurement and Pin It

Now, mark the start and endpoint with a wax marker from right to left. Place the trouser waist or slide it between the marked space, and you are ready for the next step.

Step-3 Dampen the Towel Using the Water Sprayer

Here, I’m going to use a steam iron, but if you don’t have a steam presser, you must take a damp towel or cloth. Now, spray (gardening water sprayer is more than enough for this task) sufficient water for damping the towel or cloth. Don’t immerse it directly into the full bucket. We want to create heat through vapor or steam without ironing elastic directly. The elastomeric material might melt indirect heat.

Step-4 Switch the Steam Iron or Dry Iron

Dry Iron

Switch the power button after inserting the plug into the wall socket and regulate it to the highest heat setting. While the red light goes off, you are ready to press the elastic to fix the stretched elastic waistband. Make sure that, your towel is still damp enough to generate enough vapor and heat accordingly.

Steam Iron

In that case, fill the water compartment of your steam iron and switch the power button. Leave it and wait for getting enough heat. Once it has gained adequate temperature, the red light will go off automatically. Now your iron should be ready for pressing the enlarged elastic waistband.

Step-5 Lay off the Damp Towel

Once you’ve placed the bottom waist inside the measurement point on the table, place the damp towel over the trouser.

Step-6 Start Pressing

Start pressing it with normal pressure. Remember that, when you are using a dry iron and damp towel, you must press for a long time to adjust the stretched elastic if you are using a steam iron then you don’t have to give heat for a long time because this would be given directly on elastic.

Note- With this method, you will be able to minimize 5% of elasticity to the stretched waistband. The basics of reducing the diameter of the elastic waist are pretty simple. When we stretch the waistband or wear it for a long time, it increased in diameter and simultaneously decreases some height or width and elastomeric properties of rubber inside.  And, while it is treated under heat with steam, it can recover elasticity in between 5% without any extra tricks. On the other hand, if the rubber inside is breaking down or loses almost 30% of elastic properties then you should avoid this technique. Cut Out the Extra Elastic and Sew

So, how to make elastic shrink without heating? Luckily, I have more techniques for your problem; keep reading to fetch authentic tricks if your elastic waistband is too much stretched.

Method-2 Cut Out the Extra Elastic and Sew

Tools Required for Extra Edge Cutting Method

  • Sharp fabric scissor
  • Measurement tape
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Stitch opener
  • Pencil or Marker

Step-1 Turn Inside the Bottom

All the stitches are used to make this bottom isn’t visible. So, turn it to make an easy and comfortable situation for further process. On the other hand, you will be exactly concerned and also could see what you are doing. This will make your work more precise and better.

Step-2 Find the End or Middle Point of Waistband Seam

In most cases, elastics are sewn inside the waistband fabric into clothing with a seam.  Moreover, you can’t pull it from the original position without cutting it somewhere because it’s stuck into a case. Now, stretch the seam of the waist by fixing the one side by the left hand if you seem that the elastic moves freely then you would cut the seam anywhere you like. But I recommend cutting the seam from the fabric joint at the backside of trousers or bottoms.

On the other hand, if you feel that the elastic inside it snag or is stuck with seam stitch then you should identify the area where it stuck, and you could start opening the stitch from that position. Here, you could open the stitches in multiple areas for a better result.

Step-3 Open the Back Rise Seam Join (Backside Seam of Bottoms) 

Start removing stitch the seam from the closing stitch (Top Stitch) of the waistband. Better if you could start the work from the join of back rise parts.  Now, keep removing the stitch around 2 ½ inches apart from the middle of the joint. After that, you will see the elastic inside.

Step-4 Pull the Elastic and Measure the Length You Need

Once, you loosen the casing stitch and are able to find the elastic. Now, you must pull out the stretched elastic from the elastic case and measure the length you should cut for adjustment. Here, the required measurement must be taken at the beginning of this technique. With a sharp scissor cut the elastic.

Note- Suppose your waist measurement is 42-inch whereas the stretched waistband measurement is 50-inch correspondingly. That is an 8-inch extended from the waist measure requirement. So, you should cut this 8-inch extra edge right? But, it would be best if you left a sewing allowance for the security tack of elastic at the end of the cutting point. In that case, I always leave 1-inch from both sides for overlapping and box making, which is mostly called security tack. Cut only 6-inch and extra 2-inch will reduce in overlapping.

Step-5 Sew the Elastic End Point

Thread up your sewing machine (Regular-301 stitch) and put the left end of elastic over the right end. If you are new to the sewing machine, you can make a box by using a pencil or marker before you start sewing. It will make your work much comfortable with extra confidence.

  • Now, Overlap the endpoint of elastic with facing a marked point in the top and put it into the sewing feed. Here, I always penetrate the needle at the start point of the stitch by rotating the sewing machine manually and then again align all the sewing parts accurately.
  • Keep sewing it by following the mark and after finishing it make cross stitch as like as an “X” in a similar size box.
  • Close all the stitches you removed and the waistband is totally new and nicely fitted in your waist.

Final Thoughts


Can you fix stretched elastic? The answer is pretty clear. After reading this article, all the methods of fixing stretched elastic must be easier for you. Here, I accomplished all the techniques and situations when you should select which technique and how to fix stretched elastic waistband with a super simple technique. Check out the secret technique of restoring the faded color of black clothes in our clothing categories.   

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