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It's me again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I've recieved my sherpa, hemp fleece and lastin from the SewShoppe and now I need some help!<br><br>
First, do I need to wash the sherpa and hemp fleece? How many times? In what temperature? How do I determine they are washed enough? Do I need to use detergent? Do I need to dry them every time?<br><br>
Second (yes the first only counts as one question! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ), I got some lastin (only a yard) because Amber at Darling Diapers likes it. Since buying it I've realized that most people prefer knitted elastic and that's what I've been using. But since I have it here I'd like to give it a try. Is there anything I should know about sewing lastin that's different than sewing knitted elastic? I'm using 3/8 inch knitted elastic with a floating encasement - I'm sure that's not the technical term (I turn and topstitch).<br><br>
I need to sew down the lastin right? This is 1/4 inch lastin since that's what the cuddlebuns pattern asks for (but I'm not using the cuddlbuns pattern) - sorry to be so confusing. My zig zag doesn't work so I'd do two straight stitches on each edge of the entire body of the lastin, hopefully that makes sense, instead of only at the ends. Ok, tell me what you know now that I've told you what I assume! :LOL<br><br>
Finally (question three for those counting <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ), if I'm turning and topstitching - how do you suggest I make three layer inserts (two 14 ounce sherpa outer layers and a middle layer of 11 ounce hemp fleece).<br><br><br>
Well that's it for the questions (I think) so I'll hope someone has some answers for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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HI Jenn, I am glad you recieved the sherpa so quickly. I wanted to let you know that it is prewashed, but I think it could probably use another washing and drying. Unless the hemp seems nice and fluffy to you, I would definitely wash and dry it at least 2 times, but more like 3 or 4.HTH.<br><br>
I wish I could help you with the lastin question, but I really suck at putting in lastin. It just never works for me.<br><br>
-Bianca
 

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Well that's a start, thank you for answering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Do I need to use detergent for the hemp fleece? No, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I don't think the detergent is needed.<br><br>
BTW, what do you think of that sherpa I sent?
 

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Well I want to make sure I know who I'm talking to so I can tell you what I think - you own SewShoppe? Is that right? <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'm going to try to answer your topstitching question. (I'm celebrating having finally creating our own perfect diaper design, sewn diapers, and recycled wool longies right now so I'm on top of the world. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> )<br><br><br>
I topstitch all my diapers but I design it so that only two layers of fabric have seam allowances--inner layers are smaller and have a separately drawn pattern.<br><br>
I would cut the outer layers with seam allowances and the inner layer just large enough to be held by the topstitching. I would baste that inner layer to the wrong side of one of the outer layers to position it right (but personally, I would only baste the corners/outside curves enough to hold it). Then I would sew the outer layers together face-to-face but leave enough unstitched to fit you hand through and turn the whole thing right-side-out. (This is like making a stuffed toy, if you have done that.) You might also notch the seam allowances along any curves to make them lay flatter.<br><br>
After turning it right side out, make sure your inner layer is laying smoothly where it should and then topstitch around the whole thing. And close the hole with topstitching too.<br><br><br>
I do all my diapers this way. I think when you say turn and topstitch, you mean like making a hem (or face-to-face hems) all around and then topstitching (?) If so, for me this is <i>much</i> easier. And easier to get good results without frustration. Hope it's helpful.<br><br>
Disclaimer: I have not worked with sherpa. I do not know how the thickness affects your edges' workability. You might need binding instead?
 

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When sewing lastin you have to use a 3 step zig zag, from everything I've read. It's a major PITB at first, but after using it a few times I LOOOOVE it!! I love the nice, soft stretch of it. No red marks.<br>
I sew it down like I would normal elastic. Start about 1/4-1/2" in from the first end, backstitch then go all the way down the length of where you're putting the lastin stretching as you go. Then backstitch the other end a bit.<br><br>
Also, once you sew lastin, if you take it out you can't use it again. All the needle holes ruin it. BUT you can use it if there is just a little nick on an edge. HTH a bit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Oh, and for your soaker pads, you can use a tight zig zag all the way around, right at the edge. Actually, to where the zag part of the stitch hangs off a bit works well. There may be a bit of fraying for a few washes, but if you trim it off it will stop unraveling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi, I use lastin and like it a lot. I tried some of the regular white elastics and they always loose their umph after a while and get kind of saggy. So far, the lastin has held up really well.<br><br>
Anyway, I have a 3-stitch zigzag on my machine and that's what I've always used for lastin. Yes, I think you really need to sew it down in a diaper. You don't have a zigzag stitch? I don't know how it would work to straightstitch it, that might be a bit hard to do, but you can always try and see if you can get it to work okay.<br><br>
As for other materials, especially the stretchy knits, it's probably best to prewash (I always just prewash once, but then I've also had stuff shrink after that anyway, so maybe twice?) I never prewash my flannels, but I have used them enough to know they don't shrink.<br><br>
I also turn and topstitch my diapers, and that has worked well but I don't know how to answer your topstitch question-sorry~!
 

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Oh my questions must have been so unclear to get such a variety in answers! :LOL<br><br>
Thank you for your help!<br><br>
I've decided to give lastin a try another time, right now I'm under a deadline to complete the diapers for the Christmas drive so I'll play later. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Regarding the inserts/soakers - I'm going to do two layers turned inside out (like diaper layers) and then top stitch them. I'll do a two soakers and then sew them together on one end so I have four layers but it's quick dry and I'm only sewing two layers together at one time (I'll post pictures later, I'm sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> ).<br><br>
And finally on the washing, it's going great and the hemp should be finished washing today.<br><br>
Thank you so much again! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow">
 

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Just a note on hemp washing - you need a bit of detergent to help get rid of the natural oils that make it repel initially, and more washes is better. Not only does it save time breaking in your dipes, but especially with hemp fleece, it gets rid of a lot of extra fluff (you may have noticed this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">) that will otherwise form nasty balls inside your dipes. Unless all the fluff is facing outwards. I was getting huge handfuls of fluff in both the washer and drier. Even if you normally hang to dry, it's worth using the drier for this as it gets rid of MUCH more fluff.<br><br>
I just got 25 yards of Lastin (for 4.00) so I HAVE to perfect my sewing technique. I'm dying to know if the stright stitch works with it - normal zigzag didn't work well for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.<br><br>
Hope that helps. Glad you're having so much fun. Where do you find the time???
 

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Thank you for the tip on the hemp, I should have thought of the oils. I did throw it in with my detergent was on normal diapers this morning so it is getting some detergent on it's third wash. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I definitely plan to play with that lastin and the straight stitch. If you find a solution before I do please let me know because the stretch of the lastin seems nice..<br><br>
Oh and where do I find the time? I make the time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I try and cut things out during the afternoon (after I get off of work and Nathan is playing). Then I put them all together in the evening after Nathan goes to bed (around 8ish). I continue to sew until around 11:30 and then start the day again tomorrow! Oh and I ususally put on finishing touches (like applix) in the morning before work. I really am enjoying this, the balance is making sure Nathan gets enough time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Anyway, enough <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"> from me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 
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