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Hi! Long time lurker, second time poster! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
I've looked through some posts on elastic, but was hoping someone could give me advice.<br><br>
I am making pre-fitteds from EU prefolds (Toddler sized). I am T&T with a fleece topper. I would like to put the elastic on the seam allowance and not top-stitch those areas (no casing). I am leaving just two layers in the seam allowance to attach the elastic to.<br><br>
So, what elastic would you suggest?<br><br>
I have used Lastin in the past with PUL to make pockets. It did seem to work pretty well. Would it work as well on prefold material? I grabbed some clear elastic at Joanns (I know, bad idea, but I wanted instant gratification) and it seemed to snap/shred easily when I sewed it using a 3-step zig-zag. Would I have the same problem with Lastin because of the material or is it just that it's the cheap stuff? (I sold my Lastin with the PUL in a fit of newborn sleep deprivation.)<br><br>
I also picked up some StretchRite Polyester Braid (3/8") is this the same as PolyBraid that is suggested so often? I went ahead and used this on my prototype and while it didn't seem to have as much stretch to it, it worked OK for what I am doing. Will this last or do I need to find something else? I used a long straight stich to attach it since my access to the good machine went home with Grandma and I'm using a 1948 Singer.<br><br>
Thank you all in advance - I have learned so much here just by reading! Any other suggestions on making pre-fitteds would be welcome!
 

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The clear elastic from JaAnn's is NOT the same as Lastin, I'm not suprised to hear you had problems. The thing with Lastin though, is that while you don't have to apply it with a three-step zig-zag, I think it gathers better if you do. So if you don't have a three-step option, the poybraid might be a better choice for you. The Stretchrite polybraid that you found IS what many diaper-makers use. Beware though, JoAnn's seems to be phasing out Stretchrite on rolls and selling their own brand instead, and it isn't as nice.<br><br>
You can also use FOE to make pre-fitteds, as another option. <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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<div style="font-style:italic;">The clear elastic from JaAnn's is NOT the same as Lastin, I'm not suprised to hear you had problems. The thing with Lastin though, is that while you don't have to apply it with a three-step zig-zag, I think it gathers better if you do. So if you don't have a three-step option, the poybraid might be a better choice for you. The Stretchrite polybraid that you found IS what many diaper-makers use. Beware though, JoAnn's seems to be phasing out Stretchrite on rolls and selling their own brand instead, and it isn't as nice.<br><br>
You can also use FOE to make pre-fitteds, as another option. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Thanks! I was thinking it was because it wasn't the real stuff, but since it was different material it was hard to be sure.<br><br>
Would there be an advantage to FOE since I am T&T?<br><br>
Lastin worked very well on the pockets I made and has really lasted. I can always do most of the sewing and just put the elastic with the 3-step zig-zag the next time we go to Grandma's. The polybraid (packaged, not rolls) was OK, but didn't seem to gather as much as I would like.
 

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But isn't the best stitch for FOE really a three step zig-zag too?<br>
at least thats what i reckon works the best.<br>
i did do a couple of FOe bound things with a normal,bog standard zig-zag,and it was not as easy or effective as a three step.
 

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A three-step zig-zag is a good way to apply FOE, it is nice and stretchy and gives you some leeway in catching all the layers. But you can do it with a straight stitch, stretching out the FOE to create the gathers builds in the stretch in the stitches.<br><br>
I think it is harder to sew diapers with just a straight stitch to apply elastic. Even the most basic zig-zag makes a difference.
 
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