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« on: May 07, 2010 12:30:22 PM »

I just sewed one cloth diaper and needless to say it did not turn out so great! Can someone please help me and explain how to sew the elastic where the leg holes are. I put all the fabric together inside out then I sewed around the outside of the fabric leaving a hole to turn it right side out. Then I took the elastic and sewed it on the fabric that was on the outside of the stitch where the legs go, I did stretch the elastic so the fabric would bunch. But after I turned the fabric right side out and then sewed around the edge the elastic looked all crazy. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010 09:42:13 PM »

Hi, I sew baby dipes also.  A great site is diaperdivas.proboards.com 
They have really helpful info for fabrics, sewing tips, etc.  They have a lot of really good tutorials on diaper sewing.  There are so many different ways to sew in the elastic, most people use 1/4 or 3/8 poly braid or lastin - same widths.  The lastin needs to be sewn into the seam allowance with a 3 step zigzag stitch. If you are using lastin remember to stretch it a few times before you sew it down. The poly braid can be tacked at both ends and then sewn into a casing or threaded through a casing or sometimes it is zigzagged to the seam allowance on a turned and topstitched diaper.  I know it is confusing, seeing the photos and tutorials would help a lot.  Good luck and don't get discouraged.  Even dipes that aren't perfect can be perfectly usable.
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010 08:45:33 AM »

thank you so much! I am headed to that web-site now!  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010 01:08:22 PM »

It might be easier to just sew a casing and thread the elastic, without sewing it to the fabric.  If you want to sew it straight to the fabric, definitely play around and see which stitch type, length, and tension works best.  You want to use a wide stretch or zig-zag stitch for it, and remember that the elastic will lose some of its stretch along the way.  Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2010 03:21:47 PM »

i tried to join that website to view the forum, but it looks like sign-ups are disabled.  anyone else have this problem?

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2010 11:39:30 AM »

yes I did too  Embarrassed

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010 06:21:16 PM »

i tried to join that website to view the forum, but it looks like sign-ups are disabled.  anyone else have this problem?
Im a member.  They disabled sign ups for awhile due to one of their members having issues with a stalker. (thats how great this board is, they take care of their own) I THINK you should be able to sign up now though.  Its a GREAT resource for sewing diapers and anything else baby/kid related as well as sewing and other crafts.
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