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Is it possible to sew a fitted without a serger? Have an old machine and want to try making some fitteds. COuld anyone suggest a pattern?

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I haven't used it myself, but have heard lots of good reviews of the DD fitted pattern (darlingdiapers.com). I HAVE used her AIO pattern, the bib pattern, and the potty dance pants pattern and love them all.

They're pretty inexpensive and don't require a serger. Plus... no shipping, she emails them to you in a PDF file, normally within 24 hours of your payment.
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I haven't made a diaper yet (need to get some elastic and fastern thingy tomorrow first!) but I did get the AIO and fitted diaper patterns from darlingdiapers today and she specifically says on her patterns that they are all meant to be used with a sewing machine...a serger will make the diapers look more professional.

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I made several turned and topstiched fitteds with my sewing machine before I got my serger. The serger does make them go together faster.

I can't help you with the pattern thing. I made my own.
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I made this fitted (T&T) without a serger. Darling Diapers pocket fitted pattern, size small.

(This is the only picture of it I have; it doesn't really show very well.)

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I made some great fitteds using the Mama Bird pattern http://www.geocities.com/rew4birth/Diapers.html It's free and in my experience it fits great - the only thing is, you should lengthen the wings a little or sew aplix tabs onto the ends instead of right onto the wing.

It has instructions for serged and turned and topstiched - T&T takes longer but you only need to topstitch if you want them to look really pretty I don't have a serger and I've stopped topstitching most of mine because it takes so long. They're completely functional even if you don't, and in that case it's not that much more work than serging.

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You really don't need a serger to make any sorts of nappies,it may make life faster for soaker pads and the like,but plenty of Mummies do it with just a very basic machine!
Don't let it put you off!
The DD pattern specifies you don't need a serger.
Fold over elastic is great too...
Let us see what you did

There are lots of my fitteds here

www.whoneedsperfect.blogspot.com

Most are made with no serger input at all!!
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You really don't need a serger to make any sorts of nappies,it may make life faster for soaker pads and the like,but plenty of Mummies do it with just a very basic machine!
Don't let it put you off!
The DD pattern specifies you don't need a serger.
Fold over elastic is great too...
Let us see what you did

There are lots of my fitteds here

www.whoneedsperfect.blogspot.com

Most are made with no serger input at all!!
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You really don't need a serger to make any sorts of nappies,it may make life faster for soaker pads and the like,but plenty of Mummies do it with just a very basic machine!
Don't let it put you off!
The DD pattern specifies you don't need a serger.
Fold over elastic is great too...
Let us see what you did

There are lots of my fitteds here

www.whoneedsperfect.blogspot.com

Most are made with no serger input at all!!
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You really don't need a serger to make any sorts of nappies,it may make life faster for soaker pads and the like,but plenty of Mummies do it with just a very basic machine!
Don't let it put you off!
The DD pattern specifies you don't need a serger.
Fold over elastic is great too...
Let us see what you did

There are lots of my fitteds here

www.whoneedsperfect.blogspot.com

Most are made with no serger input at all!!
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LOL jayney @ the quadruple post !

You can sew a fitted without a serger (serger saves time though hehe). There are plenty of free patterns online to try out before buying a pattern (if you want to buy a pattern at all -it's pretty easy to make your own once you get the hang of it). Do a search for "free diaper pattern" lol, that should give you quite a few results with step-by-step picture instructions.

Good luck! Post pics when you're done!

*If you prefer, pm me and I can send links. It's 5am and I have yet to sleep so I might not reply until this afternoon, lol*
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You all are awesome! Now I have to try for sure since my machine should work and my confidence boosted

Any suggestions for fabrics I can buy at Hancocks (our local fabric store)?
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Outer - waterproof/resistant layers - MM fleece (JoAnn's Alpine fleece), PUL
Inner - 80/20 velour (80% cotton, 20% velour), sherpa, fluffy flannel
Elastic - 1/4" knit elastic (stretchrite brand)
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I am ashamed of my ridiculous posts!!!!
My P.C was being a little funny this morning and I shut it down,thinking I hadn't posted any!!!!!!!!
SORRY everyone,I wasn't just trying to be super emphatic,honestly!

Mind you I did have a five year old waving a big wooden sword at me all geared up to go to a pirate party at the time!!!!
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i don't have a serger, nor have i ever used one! yet, i have plenty of fitteds!

some are of my own pattern, and recently i've been making them from the wee weka pattern (listed in the sticky at the top of the page on the nappy network)... and really, i'm loving that pattern!

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I use the Very baby pattern, it has directions for making them with or without a serger. You can turn and top stitch them. If you want to make just fitteds you can use flannel, or anything 100% cotton as an outer in a cute print. Pick something that will hold up to multiple washings. I use cute printed flannel outers and i made a few 6 layer soakers made of flannel. i have a snap press so those are snap in but you can use a lay in or a sewn in soaker. I use malden mills microfleece as an inner for the stay dry effect. I have started making pocket fitteds right now and those are really quick to make. 2 layers of flannel outer. 1 in a print 2nd as an extra liner in a solid white. then the MM fleece. This way I can stuff it with whatever.
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