There are many types of elastic used for the waist and cuffs of clothes.
There are various uses for elastic, such as putting it inside clothes or showing it on the front.
In this article, we would like to introduce how to choose the right elastic for such uses and purposes.
Elastic used for clothes and accessories can be roughly divided into flat elastic and elastic cord.
Elastic cord, as the name suggests, refers to elastic with a round cross section when cut.
It is made by using a rubber thread as a core and surrounding it with polyester or other material.
It is used in a wide range of applications, such as the hems and hoods of sportswear parkas, bag openings of backpacks, and small items such as hair accessories.
Recently, with the rise of outdoor wear, many of them are being used together with cord stoppers at the hems of mountain hoodies for women.
There are soft and hard types of elastic cord , and a wide variety of colors and patterns are available.
Hard elastic cord with tension is recommend for the hood and hem of mountain hoodies.
Soft elastic corde is softer than hard elastic. Soft elastic cord is often used for hair accessories.
It is also available in a wide variety of colors.
For those who prefer a design on the elastic itself, there is also a gradation elastic.
Delicate colors are beautiful.
Flat elastic refers to elastic that has a flat cross section and is tape-like.
In Japan, Kahoku City in Ishikawa Prefecture is said to be one of the largest producers of flat elastic.
Flat elastic can be further classified into woven elastic, Knit elastic, and braided elastic.
Each of these types of elastic has a different structure.
Woven elastic is produced by placing elastic threads at equal intervals in a thread. The width of the elastic does not change even when it is pulled, making it suitable for elastic waist cuffs, blouse sleeves, and other garments that need to be gathered tightly.
The OGS/OGM/OGH flat elastic series using Asahi Kasei’s Roica is the standard of flat elastic.
We recommend OGS soft elastic for waist elastic of pants and skirts. Many apparel brands use OGS soft as their elastic waistbands.
*Roica: Spandex (polyurethane fiber) developed by Asahi Kasei with excellent flexibility and recovery properties.
It is a trademarked product of Asahi Kasei.
If you prefer breathable and thinner elastic than normal elastic, we recommend you to use Spandex Air Elastic.
If you look at the photo, you will see that the weave is rough and thin.
This type of elastic is suitable for sportswear and innerwear. This one also uses Roica.
Choosing the right type of elastic band for your design can be challenging, but the above products are not all of the elastic band out there. Stay tune for part 2 where we dicuss about knitted elastic and braided elastic!
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