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I took 3 of my rainbow ubcpfs to a friend (ksmeadowlark) to use with her ds to see how well the dye held up with boy pee, etc. Anyway, my cpfs are premium 4x8x4 (not toddler), and we noticed that they were about 4 inches shorter than her 4x8x4 ubcpfs (not toddler either). The width was the same, but mine were shorter.<br><br>
Why would that be? Are mine extra short? or hers extra long? did mine shrink more, but only shrank the long way? Also, mine were not as soft as hers (and it has nothing to do with the dye, they were felt that way before the dyeing).<br><br>
What gives? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Did both of them have blue stitching around the edge? Could be a different maker is my guess? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Janette . . . when were her ubcpfs purchased? Are you certain they are cpfs? Because if they ARE . . . I've an answer for ya on this one if they were purchased somewhat recently.
 

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I bought them just over 2 years ago from Katies Kisses. Yes, they have blue stitching. I know that ksmeadowlark's prefolds are newer (within the last year), and that she bought them from Natural Babies.<br><br>
I've always wondered why everyone says their prefolds are so soft, but mine have never really been soft; or maybe only soft for the first couple of washings or so...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
Did I get a bad batch? (24 to be exact)<br><br>
edited to add: Katies Kisses site currently says they are "true chinese prefolds", not sure what it said 2 years ago.
 

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Heather, spill the beans.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I would like to try some short ones. Seems like that would be a perfect fit without having to fold it down in the front.<br><br>
I know that my Babies Textiles haven't seemed to shrink as much as my friend's UBCPFs.
 

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Okay, here is the deal. Are you certain that one or the other of you do not have 6-ply? Are there blue stitching on both? Because I do not think that the same applies for the 8-ply as applies to the 6-ply.<br><br>
However, if there is a possibility you have 6-ply . . . here is something: The cpfs in the unbleached 6-ply for the past year have been incredibly soft. Actually, it has been about 10 months. They were experimenting with the weave to try and make them softer. Problem was that it made it nearly impossible to sew. You will also notice on the 'softer' 6-ply that the middle stitching may wane and be irregular or the middle panel may be wider on some than others. They were literally impossible to run through industrial sewing machines . . . too flimsy. So, although they are deliciously soft (and I did yank a few for my Kenny to be certain), they will not be producing those any longer. It will be back to the standard ubcpfs that they have been selling a good while - which are like the 8-ply that you have/are talking about. The current 8-ply are nowhere near as soft as the batch of 6-ply that came in on one particular crate were. They were all purchased at once and once the amount off that crate was gone -that was it. Some retailers may still have some off that crate if they haven't sold through them.<br><br>
I remember the day that shipment came in and I literally wanted to lay and roll in all those prefolds - definitely softer and stretchier too - they did seem to run longer!<br><br>
As far as the 8-ply - they have stayed really consistent through the last few years. You may want to ask your retailer if they purchased from Green Earth Textiles at the time of your purchase from them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
Otherwise, I'm not sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Hmmm.. I had posted a reply and then reread your post. Yes, mine are 8 ply, and she said hers were 8 ply. Both have blue stitching. So, your explanation doesn't apply to me does it?<br><br>
It's no big deal. They work. I just wanted to see if there was some explanation, and to make sure mine were "real".<br><br>
I do like them short because it is nice to not have to fold down the front.<br><br>
I wonder, how long are your ubcpfs anyway? Are mine extra short? or hers extra long?
 

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I need to ask to be certain, but there is a good chance that some of the 8-ply were run off that material as well. I remember getting a few here and there that seemed softer than others - again, I'd need to ask to be certain as they were primarily the 6-ply.<br><br>
But yes, yours would be the more 'normal' or 'expected' cpf standard and hers, although softer, probably will not be what she would anticipate receiving in the future.<br><br>
BTW: Any chance it could be different washing routines? She washes/machine dries - you wash/hang dry?
 

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We do have different washing routines. I am lazy and wash/machine dry mine every time. She is frugal and line dries hers often.<br><br>
I feel like "Sherpa" Holmes trying to solve this mystery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I'll get to the bottom of this one way or another!
 

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I bet THAT is your answer . . . when I line dry my cpfs are always longer . . . seems the weight of the water draws them down and they don't fluff up as much. Plus, we all know how the dryer shrinks cotton - and cpfs are 100% cotton!<br><br>
Hey, I think you have your culprit - just blame the dryer! :LOL
 

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Yeah, we wondered if it was the dryer, but mine are still the same width, just shorter. Maybe the way in which the cotton is woven, they shrink more the long way and not the width.<br><br>
Oh well, Thanks for your help!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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