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I am sewing up some dipes and it seems no matter what type of elastic and now tight I stretch it I just can't get the desired effect on the finished diaper. What am I doing wrong? The only think I can think of is that I'm sewing it into an inner layer that has some stretch to it. Should it be sewn to the outer (less stretchy) layer? I'd prefer to not see it, but I more prefer that they function.<br><br>
Anyone have any thoughts?
 

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I use lastin and sew it into the inner layer, and I usually use stretchy fabric, so I don't know if that is the problem. When sewing with other elastics, such as stretchrite, I was never very impressed when sewing, but the diapers ended up working fine and I can't even tell the difference anymore. What kind of desired effect are you looking for? Remember that if you pull the elastic too tight, it will leave red marks on baby (learned that from experience!).
 

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Thanks for the reply. I have tried a few different types and not been happy with any of them. They are all loose in my sewing box so I can't tell you much about them other then I think one was braided (1/4"?) and another non-roll .<br><br>
Believe me, leaving red marks is so NOT a problem yet. I am pulling it as tight as I possibly can, even leaving a handle at either end. I bought some strechrite 1/2" braided to try today.<br><br>
My desired effect is a nice shape to the diaper that will create almost a pocket for holding everything in.<br><br>
I'm wondering if my problem has something to do with how I'm sewing it on? I'm using a zigzag stitch...maybe it's too tight?<br><br>
While I'm on the subject, what about a channel for the elastic? I tried it on one diaper and I didn't think it made much of a difference. Should I try again or stick with the zigzag?
 

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You want to use a multiple zig-zag stitch (it will zig for 3 then zag for 3 stitches for a really tall zig-zag). You should see a BIG difference using that stitch. I wouldn't use 1/2" because that seems really too big. I use 3/8" stretchrite elastic, and get great results. Are you sewing them and turning them or are you putting in the elastic and serging the edges? If you are sewing then turning, I prefer to sew to the outer layer. I sew elastic to the inner layer when I am serging the edges. Also make sure that you are NOT stretching the fabric as you sew. Stretch the elastic and feed it to the diaper (if that makes sense). Stretching the fabric will throw you all off! When I cut, I try to make the stretch go across the tabs rather than down the length, and this limits the ability to stretch the fabric when using elastic.<br><br>
I also use elastic guides listed for certain patterns as a guide to know how much to stretch. I have the very baby aio pattern that I use for pockets and aios so I use their elastic guide for that. I mark on my elastic with a pen to know how far to stretch it, and then both sides are even. If your leg sides are not even, then you could have a problem when baby wears it.
 

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Oh my gosh...I don't have the 3 zig 3 zag stitch option! Augh! Any other suggestions?<br><br>
I have a blind hem stitch, 3 strait 1 zig; would that help or hinder? I'm sure my son's machine could do a big zig zag but it needs $70 worth of repairs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
What do you mean by making the stretch go across the tabs rather than down the seams?<br><br>
I am cutting the elastic the same, so thankfully they are even on both sides, even if you can't see it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I forgot to add that I am trying it both ways, serging and top stitching. I think I like the turning better because I am having a really hard time going around corners on the serger and I am having places where the stitching sort of "hangs off of" the diaper.
 

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A little OT so far as your elastic problems go, but since you are trying to get a "pocket" effect to hold in messes, have you tried gussets? This site has info on how to do gussets--it's a site from New Zealand, so measurements are metric, but the pics and directions are really good. <a href="http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/pocket-gusset.php" target="_blank">http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/pocket-gusset.php</a>
 

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You could probably get a good result with a wider zig-zag. I didn't think mine did the multi-zig-zag, but I found out it did. The non-multizz diapers I made work just fine.<br><br>
If a fabric stretches only one way, I cut it to where the stretch goes from side to side (across from tab to tab). If it stretches every which way, I cut it to where the most stretch goes from side to side. Does that make sense?<br><br>
It just takes practice to make diapers. My current favorites are the serged diapers because I can do stacks of them in the time it takes to make 1-2 turned diapers. There are a few more steps involved. I am a bit on a time crunch so I am trying to finish up as much as possible in my last few weeks. Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the reply. I have tried a few different types and not been happy with any of them. They are all loose in my sewing box so I can't tell you much about them other then I think one was braided (1/4"?) and another non-roll .</div>
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I think the 1/2" is going to be too big. I use either 3/8" or 1/4" stretchrite poly braid. You don't want to use the non-roll for dipes. On my machine, the stitch selector for the 3-step zig zag looks like a really wide zig-zag, if that helps any. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks everyone. I'm sure that I don't have it. I have 3 zig zag options and I am already using the widest, but it's still only about 1/4" wide.<br><br>
I will try gussets when I get to the wraps, but for the diapers I would like something like a kissaluv...super scrunchy.<br><br>
People have been saying that diapers are easy, and now that I finally have a rotary cutter I have to agree that they go together quick. although I am finding the serger-ing to take a bit longer because I need to pin it much better before I sew it. With the turning method I find I can just hold it together as I sew. I've never been a fan of pins. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Mel, what is the secret to serging around the tabs?
 

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I use the clear swim suit elastic. I don't cut it before I stitch it on (I just have the one stitch zig zag also), I just pull it tight and snip it off when I'm done sewing. It works really well, and holds up in the wash. You can get it in the notions aisle of Joann or other fabric store.
 

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Sorry, but I don't know the answer to that. Do you have rounded tabs or rectangular tabs? I usually have rounded tabs on my serged diapers. I just take it slow and easy just like I would curves on a sewing machine. I do stop and start a bit to lift up the presser foot to get a better position (make sure to sink your needles in the fabric first). I guess the main thing is to keep trying! You will get better if you work at it. The more diapers you make the faster you will get better, too. Here is a pic of some of my diapers.<br><br><a href="http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/dyedhemp.jpg" target="_blank">http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...s/dyedhemp.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s181/shoepants/butterflydiaper.jpg" target="_blank">http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s...rflydiaper.jpg</a><br><br>
I forgot to metion that I have been doing pocket fitteds so I don't serge the top that goes near the belly button. That way I can stuff them however I need to stuff them.
 

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I don't think your zz width needs to be any larger than 1/4", mine isn't. For the most "scrunch" you should use 3/8" elastic and make sure you aren't stretching the fabric along with the elastic, that will negate the elastic's stretch. My only other thought is how thick/dense is your diaper? If you are using 3 body layers of sherpa or cotton fleece, your diaper will be quite a bit more dense than 2 layers of sherpa, or 3 layers of thin jersey or flannel. The weight/stiffness of all those layers together will hold your elastic from springing back. If you are still having trouble, try 2 layers of flannel, it is really easy to get the elastic to spring back.
 

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Also keep in mind that when you sew elastic to a diaper, sometimes the elastic doesn't "recover" - spring back to it's original length - until after it's been washed the first time.
 
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