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Has anyone ever made a Belly Band? They're $38 plus tax here and that seems a bit steep for me. Would pantyhose work? or an old tightish tank top cut in half?? Help! Nothing fits me anymore<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I did! I just took some left over jersey that I had kicking around. I measured a couple of shirts that were snug around my tummy and hips and cut it to that measurement. One seam up the side and hemmed it around and voila, a DIY belly band.<br><br>
You could use an old tshirt no problem I think. I'm not sure about the pantyhose.<br><br>
I actually used mine as a belly cover for nursing. It worked great. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hmm I need to dig that out again. I've mainly been pulling down my shirt to nurse these days though since I nurse in a carrier most of the time.
 

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I did! I had some lycra left over from an old project, but you can get it at any fabric store for something like $8/yard - you only need 1/2 a yard or so. With lycra you need to sew the seam with a zig-zag stitch or a serger if you have one, so the stitches don't pop, but otherwise it's exactly the same process. Make it a bit bigger than you thin you need, then you can take it in until it fits.
 

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Ok, but when I tried to sew lycra the other day it skipped stiches and made bird's nests like crazy. Do I need to up the tension on everything?
 

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OK - a few questions:<br><br>
1. What kind of machine are you using - sewing machine or serger?<br>
2. Are you using a ballpoint needle for stretch fabrics, or a regular sharp?<br>
3. Have you changed the needle recently, or is it old and possibly dull?<br>
4. Are you using straight stitch or zigzag?<br>
5. Is your thread snarling & tension off when you test on plain cotton scraps as well, or only on the lycra?<br>
6. Are you pulling on the lycra to stretch it as you sew? This can create tension problems/skipped stitches.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK - a few questions:<br><br>
1. What kind of machine are you using - sewing machine or serger?<br>
2. Are you using a ballpoint needle for stretch fabrics, or a regular sharp?<br>
3. Have you changed the needle recently, or is it old and possibly dull?<br>
4. Are you using straight stitch or zigzag?<br>
5. Is your thread snarling & tension off when you test on plain cotton scraps as well, or only on the lycra?<br>
6. Are you pulling on the lycra to stretch it as you sew? This can create tension problems/skipped stitches.</div>
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Sewing Machine<br><br>
I don't know--How do I tell? I've tried to ask questions about needles for different fabrics from people IRL and never got a good answer. Interlock needs the ballpoint needle too right?<br><br>
I changed it recently. I think to the sharp kind.<br><br>
zigzag<br><br>
it sews perfectly for the cotton knits I've been doing<br><br>
Yes, I am pulling the fabric <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Both kinds of needles - sharps and ballpoints - will work, but ballpoints are better for all stretch fabrics; they push the threads aside and slide between instead of cutting through - that also helps to avoid skipped stiches. The package will say "ball point" on the front.<br><br>
If you have a sewing shop nearby, I'd go pick up a package of ballpoint machine needles (80/12 is a good size) just for the heck of it. Changing the needle is <i>always</i> my first step when diagnosing a problem; you never know when there could be a tiny bend, dullness or ding in the needle that's mucking things up.<br><br>
Lycra can be a pissy b!tch to sew sometimes, depending on weight and surface treatment; try basting the pieces together with a nice long running baste, so that the pieces don't slip. Run the machine <span style="text-decoration:underline;">slowly</span>, and use one hand in front of the foot and one hand behind just to guide the fabric. Don't put any tension on the lycra at first, and watch what the feed dogs are doing to it. (And always start with the needle down <span style="text-decoration:underline;">in</span> the fabric - that's for every seam in every fabric, not just a lycra thing. Sometimes bobbins don't like it when you start with the needle up and can go all funny).
 
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