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....going to win "Seamstress of the Year"...LOL!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: I need some help here ladies!<br><br>
I am making a lcloth diaper, CB style, it's my first one. I am trying to put the elastic in the legs and waist...and it's just not looking right. It's not "bunching" at all!<br><br>
I bought clear*rubber-band like* 1/4" elastic. I placed it between the two layers....sewed 2 stiches to hold it in place. Then I stretched it as much as I could and sewed it into place while stretching. Well, it didn't work.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> the fabric still lays flat. I'm not serging the edged by the way, I am turning and top-stitching. I am trying to put the elastic in the hem...is that ok?<br><br>
What am I not doing/doing wrong???? Help!!...LOL..if you have any suggestions, please pm me...thanks gals~!
 

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Sounds like you have Lastin, which you can't sew in place like that...you have to stretch it and sew a three-part zig-zag stitch through the elastic.<br><br>
So the first thing you have to do is figure out if your machine does a three-part zig-zag (most do). I don't know if I can explain what this looks like without drawing it (maybe someone else can!), but basically it takes three stitches to zig one way and then three to zag back the other...unlike a regular zig-zag which uses only one stich each way.<br><br>
Well, that's clear as mud, I'd imagine.<br><br>
Anyway, all you have to do it backstitch at the end of the elastic and then sew through it and one layer of fabric (on the wrong side), stretching the elastic as much as possible as you go.<br><br>
Good luck and happy diaper sewing!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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a 3 part zig zag looks like this:<br>
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Don't you love my diagram?<br>
If you don't have a zigzag like that, you will have to use woven swimsuit elastic.
 

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Well...now that I don't feel like a TOTAL moron, I am happier. LOL. I was doing a 1 part zig zag through the stuff, and that must be the problem. Also I was sewing it into both pieces of fabric. So maybe I will only sew it into the inner fabric?<br><br>
Whew...well, that makes my life easier. Now, I have a very simple sewing machine, a Brother. Let me see if I can figure out if it has a 3 part zig zag.....it doesnt' look like it *sigh*..my luck. Well, I am hoping to get a nice serger soon, that will work better!<br><br>
Thanks ladies so much!!
 

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Also it could be that 1/4 inch isn't wide enough for the leg area. My CB pattern suggests the 1/4 only for the waist part, I think. And a heavier elastic for the legs....
 

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We use 3/8" in the legs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Well, I'll take a look at the fabric store and get some 3/8" braided for the legs. They only sell the clear in 1/4" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: That's Flagstaff for ya...Thanks gals. We'll see what I can do, I appreciate the help alot!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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