Nonsense! You can sew simple underwear with an ordinary sewing machine that’s got a zigzag.
I have developed a pattern that’s unbelievably simple for shorts-like panties.
You need a 40x15 cm rectangle for the front piece, 11x13 cm for the two crotch pieces. Use cotton jersey. Sew the crotch pieces to the front piece as per the instructions below. Then place the sewn piece on the fabric and draw a diagonal from the corner of the rectangle down to the crotch piece, cut around the outline and voila, you’ve got all your pieces.
I suggest you follow these brilliant instructions:
My tutorial is for sewing your own panties, but most especially about using and attaching several types of elastics…verypurpleperson.com
It includes a technique for closing both sides of the crotch piece that’s really good.
Basically you just sew the sides with zigzag stitch.
What is really time-consuming is finishing off the edges. Sewing on the elastic takes AGES. But if you’re in a hurry and you’re wearing jeans, you don’t even need elastic. In fact, if you use either an overlocker or zigzag stitch to finish off the edges, you won’t get a panty line.
Today I used an overlocker to finish off five pairs of knickers. It took about three minutes per garment. Perfect if you’re in a hurry and you have figured out how to thread that monster.
My favourite is frilled lacy elastic. It gives the best effect. Foldover elastic looks fabulous too but it’s very difficult to finish off nicely.
I have bags of beautiful foldover elastic. My favourite is in inky blue!
Three years ago I couldn’t thread a sewing machine. If I can learn it, anybody can.