April 29 – Bonfit Elastic Wizard Trials and Tribulations

Thought I would spend the evening doing a trial run on the Bonfit Elastic Wizard. The reference guide touts that it is a hands free attachment to install elastic as well as lace, rick rack, tape and ribbon. Let’s see what is in the box shall we.

bonfitAs you can see you can use this to install several widths of elastic, ranging from 1/8″ to 1 “.

Bonfit5The Bonfit Foot is a snap on foot, you will notice that it has a long toe that faces the front of the sewing machine.

Sewing Machine Shank HeightIf your machine does not accept snap-on feet a low or high shaft adapter is required.

Bonfit GuideI have selected one of the elastic guides, notice that there is a slightly larger opening at one end. This is the side that goes up on the foot. It makes it easier to thread the elastic through the guide.

Bonfit6The adjusting screw is how the tension is provided to the elastic. The open slot is where the elastic feeds through while attaching to the fabric. (In this picture the tension screw is closed and would need to be opened to allow elastic to pass through the guide)

Bonfit TensionIn the above picture you see the adjusting screw is all the way open in the picture to the far left, providing no tension to the elastic as it feeds through the guide, the center picture shows that the shank from the adjusting screw is extending into the area that the elastic feeds through, the far right picture is all the way closed, and will not allow the elastic to travel through the guide.

Bonfit11This is how it looks installed on your machine. Bonfit13With the elastic installed in the guide, place it under the pressure foot with the fabric under it.  Make sure you center the elastic under the pressure foot.

Bonfit4Also it is important that you are using the proper guide that corresponds to the elastic width.

Bonfit2Notice that the elastic extends by at least 1/2″ past the foot before you start to show. Put the needle in the down position. Also if you have an option on your machine that allows you to shift the needle from the left to right position make sure your needle is in the center position. At this point you will need to select your stitch, it is recommended that you use a three step zig zag stitch. If you machine does not offer this stitch you can use a regular zig zag or regular stitch. You may have to adjust the width or length of the stitch until you get the results you want.

Bonfit10As I began to stitch I changed the tension on the elastic, you will notice at first there was no stretch at all on the elastic, but the more tension I added using the adjustment screw the more the elastic stretched until the point where the elastic did not move at all and just forced the fabric to no longer shift under the presser foot.

Bonfit9This photo shows what happens if you did not have the elastic centered under the presser foot. There is a slight stretch.

Bonfit1This photo shows how you can attach straight tape, no tension on the guide, using a straight stitch.

Bonfit12I also practiced using seam lace, this made it easy to get the seam lace attached while sewing.

Overall I think that this could be a great sewing tool. It will take practice to figure out the proper tension, the stitch width, etc. It will depend on the types of elastic, the type of fabric and how much stretch you want from your elastic. It is hard at first to let go of the elastic and just guide the fabric. If you find yourself having to push or pull the elastic the tension screw is too tight. I do recommend using a stretch needle, this allows the needle point to push through the elastic and does not cut the elastic fibers.

In doing some research I found that Bonfit made a Patterner Sewing System as well. It came packaged as bodice, skirt and trouser sewing systems. Has anyone tried these? I have yet to make my own patterns and wondered if this system would work to do so.

See everyone tomorrow and as always,

Happy Sewing

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18 thoughts on “April 29 – Bonfit Elastic Wizard Trials and Tribulations

  1. I made it!! says:

    Cool gizmo! I haven’t heard of such a thing or that company name before. Like you say, with a little practice it could be quite useful. I wonder what would they put in a patterner sewing system. Thanks for telling us about it!

    • ksgentry says:

      Somewhere is my sewing junk I have what is called the ‘Magic Fit’ pattern kit, I think it is for pants and skirts. I did open it up and look at it, there is a series of cardboard templates in it but it looks like it was complicated and I just stored it away. YES, I AM A HOARDER OF SEWING SUPPLIES! The Bonfit version seems to have plastic templates that are joined with pivot points that can slide around. Whether is works or not is another question.

  2. Liesel says:

    The elastic wizard is an amazing tool! It does have a learning curve and if you don’t practice a bit with it, you won’t get good results. Grab some scrap fabrics and elastics and spend some time with it and pretty soon you will see how wonderful it can be! And the ribbon wizard is also amazing….especially when wanting to sew layers of ribbon to a project. I am so glad to have these. They took a bit of time to learn, but once you’ve got, you’ve got it! They work…..it just takes a bit of time and patience to learn how to handle them.

  3. Barbara says:

    I have had one of these for years. Saw it on a craft program one day. Saw one at Wal-Mart and bought it. Never opened it. Life got in the way and my sewing got pushed to the back burner. I have a new granddaughter and thought I could make hairbands for her with it. Opened it and the foot is not even in the package. Wal-Mart had the price sticker over that area of the package and you couldn’t see it was missing. Guess I learned a lesson and also feel like a fool. If you call the 800 number on the package it has been disconnected so I guess they have gone out of business

    • ksgentry says:

      I did not really have a great success rate with it. I just got it because it was vintage and I thought it was cool. If you want send me your physical address and I will send it to you. I have no real use for it and would be happy to give it to someone that will utilize it.

      • Barbara says:

        I am hoping you were replying to my comment since it came in after mine. If you were and you did mean you had the elastic wizard foot that I am missing, my address is 224 Barbara Lee Road, Dothan, AL 36301. Thank you sooooooooooo much.

      • ksgentry says:

        Barbara, Sorry for the terrible time delay. I looked for that thing forever. Then last night I went to get my marking chalk and there it was. Put in the mail today. Well, my daughter went to the post office for me. She sent it parcel post so I have no tracking number to give it. Silly girl. Hopefully it will be there within the next 7 days. Let me know if it helps with your projects.

  4. Liesel says:

    One thing to keep in mind is this…..the foot that comes with it does not work on all machines. You had to purchase one that included a foot specific to your machine. Here is the breakdown of which foot you need for which machines: Singer Quantum is W-2….Babylock Esante or Brother PC series is W-2 (change needle position to center if necessary)…..Pfaff 1000-7000 series is W-8……Elna (3000 series, 6004, 8006, 9006, CE-20) is W-1…….Kenmore (mfg. by Janome) is W-1…..New Home/Janome 2000-9000 series is W-1…….Bernina (requires adapter and shank) is W-2……Singer (xl & low shanks-requires adapter) is W-2…….Singer Slant (incl. Touch & Sew, Athena, Futura) is W-3……Viking/Husqvarna (6000 series) is W-2…….Viking/Husqvarna (incl. 3300,95823, 5839, 8410, 9800) is W-6…….White Slant (incl. 3300, 5823, 8410, 9800) is W-6. Most others not listed are W-1. So that’s the breakdown. If you don’t have the right W foot (included with the attachments) then it just plain won’t work. Not sure which foot you have in your elastic wizard? Look right where you would snap the foot on and you will see a number. That is the foot number. So if you need a W-1, it will say 1 (it does not have the W on it). Hope this is helpful. Not sure why my previous comment is still listed as “awaiting moderation”…..have I done or said something wrong?

  5. Barbara says:

    To ksgentry. The package arrived on Saturday. I am going to put the money for the postage in the mail. Thank you. I know what you mean about knowing you have something and can’t find it. I think that means we have too much STUFF. This thing does require a lot of practice. I haven’t completely mastered it, but I won’t give up. I am a seasoned sewer (since I was 5) so I know I can do this. I saw on another site where they recomended using a double needle to keep it from moving around(that was my main problem). 2 rows of stitching is a good idea for sewing elastic on anyway. Haven’t tried it yet, but looking at it I think that is the solution. Will post when I get finished with TAXES and get back to it. I am going to see if I can find me a set of the ribbon attachments as well. They use the same foot.

    • ksgentry says:

      Barbara, I am so happy that it has arrived. I did not say that I would sell it to you, I was just happy to pass it on to someone who will use it. Please do NOT send me any money. It is a gift and one day you can pay it forward to someone else. Can’t wait to see what you create with it!

  6. Linda Lutich says:

    I have every sewing gadget imaginable. I happened to find the bonfit elastic wizard in a box of stuff and opened the little metal box. All it had in it were the plastic thingies. So, thanks to the fabulous internet, I got on and read your post. What a wealth of information, as I also had the foot that is necessary. I always wondered what to use it for! I never throw anything out, so I’m glad I didn’t throw the foot out! I will practice, using all your instructions. THANK YOU!!!!

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