If sewing spaghetti straps makes you want to pull your hair out then this is the post for you! When I first starting sample making for local brands in college, spaghetti straps were my kryptonite but through trial and error, I have found these 4 simple ways to making DIY straps with and without a serger!
- High quality swimwear fabric for your straps
- Loop turner
- Stretch needle (if you are using a sewing machine)
- 1/4″ rubber elastic (if you are attaching elastic)
*I highly recommend getting an elastic foot for your serger or sewing machine if you want to attach elastic, this alone makes things so much easier.
I am linking a video tutorial below, I did not narrate it because I’m recovering from a nasty cold that has me sounding very sniffly and drippy (YUCK).
There are a few things I want to call out that are not mentioned in the video:
I finish my straps using my serger but I do not like to trim while I serge so this tutorial is using 1/4″ seam allowance. This method makes straps about 3/8″ wide.
Width of the straps:
- 1 3/8″ for all methods
*The extra 1/8″ (method 1-3) is to add room for the bulk once the strap is turned right side out.
I was not very careful in lining up when I was filming so my method 4 straps (shown on bottom) turned out a little wider then I would have liked!
Sewing machine stitch width and tension settings:
- For methods 1-2: I serge on a Babylock Imagine so my machine handles the tension automatically! Width: 7, length: 2.5
- For method 3 I have my (Pfaff Passport) machine set to stitch 5 (3 step zig zag) width: 6, length: 1.0
- For method 4: I have my (Pfaff Passport) machine set to stitch 5 (3 step zig zag) width: 6, length: 1.3
- For both methods I have my tension set in between 2 and 3 but this will vary depending on your machine and fabric.
I really hope you find this helpful, let me know what you think in the comments on Youtube or on Insta @sewswimmingly!