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Hi!<br><br>
Can I make cloth diaper wipes without a serger? I have an ancient! (c 1950's I'm guessing) Singer sewing machine. It's black with gold trim. It was my grandmothers and she rarely used it. I haven't used it in years and even when I did use it I mainly used it to make easy things like curtains etc. I'm thinking of making 2ply cloth wipes with flannel and cotton terry. I suppose I could sew them inside out, leave a little hole, and then flip them and hand finish the hole? Is that a lot more work than a serger? Any advice.<br><br>
I also wonder if anyone has had an older machine like mine serviced? I'm afraid that some one will ruin it because they arent' familiar with it, but I think I messed with the tension last time I used it and can't remember if I got it to ever work properly.<br><br>
Thanks for your advice!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I made wipes before I had a serger by either turn & topstitching or by zigzagging up against the edge. Those look a little messier because I didn't really care how they looked :LOL but my T&T ones look really nice and clean.<br><br>
In terms of service, look for a local sew & vac shop near you and then call or go in and ask what experience they have with old machines. I know the one where I bought my serger has a lot of experience - the man that owns it now is the son of the original owner; they've fixed sewing machines for years.
 

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Thanks! I'll have to dig out old bessie and see if she can zig zag! I'll also call around to see if I trust anyone to clean her up! I don't know where I think I'm going to find the time to do this. I work 30 hours per week at home and have an almost 2 year old! It's 12:01 and I'm still supposed to be working! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I guess I just thought it's be cheap and easy. It kills me to pay for something so simple. A diaper is a lot more complicated so I can justify spending on that kwim?<br><br>
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Totally know what you mean! Good luck <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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Hi there,<br>
Your machine sounds like mine! Mine is a Singer Featherweight - a tiny black machine with gold lettering....comes in a black leather covered case usually. These are collector's items and worth a pretty penny. :) My Mom gave hers to me when I was a teen - her parents bought it used for her when she was in high school. Anyway, you can get them serviced at any place that does Singers. Repair people usually love/admire these machines.<br><br>
Anyway, if it is a Featherweight, it won't do zigzag. I have heard of a zigzag attachment for some antique singers but not even sure if it will work on a Featherweight. I made some wipes with fleece and flannel. I just turned under the flannel on each edge and sewed it to the fleece (since you don't have to hem fleece). They're pretty cute and are staying nice and flat, even after many washes. Good luck to you!!<br><br>
If you find out you have a Featherweight, let me know and I"ll get some neat links to these amazing machines. Take care.
 

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Julie - You're right! I do have a Featherweight - its a 1951 Centennial Edition. I also have all the accessories and case - even a little tiny Singer oil can! It's even got a little attachment called a "ruffler"! Hee hee! There's even a price sticker on the pedel thingie - 11.95! Maybe it was a later replacement? Its in very good condition - all the gold paint is there etc. My grandma wasn't much of a homemaker type - tho she was an awesome knitter. I feel like one of those dopes on Antiques Roadshow! :LOL<br><br>
Ok - so do you clean and service yours yourself? Last time I used it - about 5 years ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I managed to oil it and it worked fine, except I think I screwed up the tension. Reading the manuel is like reading chinese sometimes. I'm very much a novice. Now that I know I have something valuable - I'm afraid to get it serviced!<br><br>
Thanks for sharing my excitement! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you cut up fleece scraps, you'll not need to sew at all. Fleece doesn't fray.<br><br>
If you do decide to sew, I like the idea of two layers sewn right-sides together, then pulled through the hole and stitched. It will look a lot neater than trying to zig zag along the edge.
 

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I turned and topstitched all of mine. i really like that look much more than serging and it is more drable (and prettier) than zig zagginh. not to mention there are a lotmore oppritunities for your machine to throw up on your project while you are zig zagging. I have a cheap machine that throws up regularly.
 

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What about a cute contrast binding as another option? I'm not quite ready to make mine yet, but I was thinking I might try a gingham binding tape around the edges of two layers or terry or velour.<br><br>
Kelly
 

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What a great description. Mine has black oily upchucks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What about a cute contrast binding as another option? I'm not quite ready to make mine yet, but I was thinking I might try a gingham binding tape around the edges of two layers or terry or velour.<br><br>
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That does sound cute!
 
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