How can I make waist bands not slip down?


I was thinking using hot glue some how, like I would make children's shoes non slip. Can't find anything DIY.

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  • You did not say if it was trouser or skirt. Maybe this video will help.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 09, 2020

    Here are several ways to handle loose waist bands:

    To make a shoe non-slippery:

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 09, 2020

    Hello Susan,

    In the fashion trade this is called a "Worth's Band". What you need to do is to sew loops around the waistband of the item in question (as many or as little as will do the job).

    Then thread through the loops a cord or elastic. If elastic join together the ends. If cord - tie a bow. That will stop it from drifting. Best wishes.

    P.S. Learnt this trick from a fashion model, years ago.......

  • Judy Judy on Jul 09, 2020

    sew elastic to the inside of the waistband. If the waistband is a little too loose causing it to slip down, stretch the elastic a little bit as you apply. I have done this and it works great. Good luck.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 09, 2020

    Susan: maybe this will help

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jul 09, 2020

    Hi Susan, can you snip a little of the seam and then cinch the elastic to make it tighter? I am not sure how easy it is to get to the elastic but it might be easy enough to rip out a couple of stitches. Good luck!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 09, 2020

    What about adding material like they put on the inside of women's nylon footies? It's a type of rubber and you can probably find it at a fabric or craft center. I've seen "dots" of them.

  • Susan Prendergast Susan Prendergast on Jul 20, 2020

    It is dot nonslip elastic tape. Comes in a roll and made out of silicon! Thank you so much. I tried to get a picture of it to send, but am not tech savvy enough.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 23, 2020

      Here's a couple of examples of what you are referring to. It is called by different names depending on where you live: gripper elastic, silicone elastic tape, non slip elastic webbing,........

      It is commonly used on the bottoms of cycling shorts, swimwear, and on women's shapewear garments.

  • Susan Prendergast Susan Prendergast on Jul 23, 2020

    Thank you so much. Exactly what I was referring to!

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 18, 2020

    HI Susan: Are you talking about waist bands or shoes? For waist bands, on the inside of the waist band, make a vertical cut in the material, only through 1 layer, wide enough to accept 1" elastic. Measure the waist band and make a mark on the elastic 1 1/2 to 2 inches shorter than that and put an arrow pointing to the end that you are shoving through. And,either cut it about 4 inches longer or just leave it on the roll. Then, get a huge safety pin and sttach the elastic to it and shove it through the waist band. When you get to the part where you made the marks, pull the end through so you can pin it to the waist band. Then, pin just in front of the arrow on the elastic. Then pull the 2 pieces of elastic out and sew them together at the marks and cut off the piece you don't need. The pins will keep the elastic from slipping back into the waist band. Then, poke the elastic back into the waist band and use a zig zag stitch to close the cut closed. It really won't show if you use matching thread to the material.

    As for the shoes, I'd just scuff them up with some sand paper.

    Good luck

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