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I would really like to make my own wipes and doublers, but all I have is a regular sewing machine. My abilities on this are also limited- the zig zag stitch is my friend. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So, would it be possible to make my own wipes and doublers with my machine instead of a serger? I am thinking velour wipes and flannel/cotton wipes and fleece doublers?? Any help from you experts would be sooo appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Yep,<br>
no problem! I don't have a serger either and have some great wipes! It just takes a bit longer. I use a straight stitch and don't know if a zig zag would work as well, but if you only have a zig zag stitch I'd make the stitch really skinny. Then stitch around the wipes with right sides together, leaving a space open along one side. Then flip it inside out so that you now have right sides out/ wrong sides together and pin the hole closed with the edges tucked in and stitch all the way around the outside sewing the hole closed as well and voila! You're done! You can definately use a zig zag when you top stitch, just make sure that you catch the edges when you're sewing the hole closed.<br><br>
I made mine out of 2 layers of flannel and they work great.<br><br>
You can do doublers the same way.<br><br>
Anyone with better advice about the zig zag?
 

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All of my wipes are made out of a single layer of microfiber, which is very soft when wet and picks up goopies so well. I serged them all, but you could probably zig-zag them over the edge. They'd have to be overlocked or they'd come unraveled. Maybe you could get an overedge foot, like boscopup has described. She said she got hers at Hancock Fabrics online.<br>
Just for the sake of experimenting, I made a soaker pad for a hemp dipe last night with just my zig-zag as an overlock and it worked great! It takes a lot less thread and is easier to control than the serger.<br>
Good luck and happy wipe-making!<br>
-Lindsay
 

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i made my wipes by straight stiching wrong sides together, leaving a little hole to turn them, and then doing a zig zag around the edges when i turned them. they have held up great and were really easy to make. they were my first sewing project, LOL. <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 turn and top stitch all mt wipes, diapers, doublers and mini-diapers, not only does it work just fine but I prefer the way they look to serged items. So go for it!
 

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Cool! thanks for the tips. Now I am too excited to get started on making these for my girl! I do have straight stitch on my machine. Actually, there are quite a few decorative type stitches too, I just seem to favor the zig zag.<br>
Thanks again and if there's anything other advice, just send it my way.
 

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i am so lazy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br>
i just use old recieving blankets and cut them up, no sewing. i use them until they are holey and then cut some more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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I have read that microfiber is not recommended for wipes because it is somewhat abrasive and can actually dry-out baby's skin. If it works for you without irritation or dryness, more power to you!
 

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Marasmum,<br>
I've never had any problem with these as wipes, no problem with his skin. I never put microfiber directly against his skin in a diaper because I don't want them sitting there dry in prolonged contact. Since I use the microfiber wipes when they're soaking wet (we wet them in the sink and keep them stacked in a diaper warmer), I don't see how they could dry out his skin. They just make his skin wet! Also, when it's wet, it's not at all abrasive, it's super soft and velvety. We do use them dry for nose-blowers, but his nose doesn't seem raw at all, even when he has a few days of a runny nose.<br><br>
-Lindsay
 
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