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I made my first cover with FOE. Sorry I didn't take a pic yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I didn't prewash the FOE so left it a bit "looser" as I thought I read somewhere that FOE will gather up a bit once you wash your cover for the first time (if you didn't prewash your FOE). Can you share your experiences with me please? Thanks so much!
 

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I read somewhere to prewash FOE too, so I put it in a mesh lingerie bag and wash it with towels on hot, dry on hot--haven't had any problem with it shrinking once I've sewn it on.
 

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well, i read that too, so i have prewashed some of my foe, but then i asked about it at amity's sewing forum and they said not to prewash. doesn't matter too much in my case, though, since i'm too scared to use it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Really stupid question here - what the heck is FOE? I'm usually really good at acronyms, but for the life of me I can't figure this one out! I suspect it's some kind of non-breathable fabric, though, since we can't use those.
 

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FOE is fold-over elastic -- for example, it's used around the legs/waist on this type of cover:<br><br><a href="http://diapershop.com/pnvb3.htm" target="_blank">http://diapershop.com/pnvb3.htm</a>
 

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I've prewashed mine, and not had any problems. But I've never tried not washing it, so I don't know if there's a difference. I figure that I'd rather be safe than sorry.<br><br>
I put mine in a mesh laundry bag as well. My only complaint is that it takes forever to untangle!
 
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