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What are the pros and cons of each kind of hemp?<br><br>
I have Joey Bunz inserts, which are hemp jersey, correct? I like them, except that one developed holes suddenly, and they're less than 3 months old. That doesn't bode well for the longevity of hemp jersey, although it's possible that a pointy needle was used instead of a ball point? The holes occurred at the stitching that's done prior to serging (there's a natural colored straight stitch underneath the serging).<br><br>
I also have a Happy Heiny Stuffin's with the oval insert. I believe this is hemp fleece? The inside of the pocket is NOT soft anymore. Is that just because it's inside, not able to get friction against other clothing while being washed?<br><br>
And I know nothing about hemp french terry (or any french terry, for that matter).<br><br>
Which hemp materials do you like to use in your diaper making and why?
 

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i use hemp fleece the most. my personal discovery was that it worked better for ds than the hemp terry. it was more absorbent at night.<br><br>
i am not sure, but i think hh hemp inserts are terry...someone please correct me if i am wrong. i disliked them mainly because after awhile, they would get little hard 'balls' inside them...they worked ok though.<br><br>
i cant speak for joeybunz cause we never used them. i made my own hemp fleece bifolds which were our nighttime staple with a bummis cover. the holes might be because of the needle used. knits need a rounded tip needle or the fabric will snag and eventually can create holes...that has been my experience anyway.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i am not sure, but i think hh hemp inserts are terry...someone please correct me if i am wrong. i disliked them mainly because after awhile, they would get little hard 'balls' inside them...they worked ok though.</div>
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Well, I went to the website, and it says they are 7 layers of hemp fleece. Weird.<br><br>
Thanks for the info though! It seems like alot of people use hemp fleece, so that's why I'm confused about my HH stuffin's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What are the pros and cons of each kind of hemp?<br><br>
I have Joey Bunz inserts, which are hemp jersey, correct? I like them, except that one developed holes suddenly, and they're less than 3 months old. That doesn't bode well for the longevity of hemp jersey, although it's possible that a pointy needle was used instead of a ball point? The holes occurred at the stitching that's done prior to serging (there's a natural colored straight stitch underneath the serging).</div>
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Yes, they are hemp jersey. All knits, actually - hemp included, can and will develop holes at the needle points. Ballpoint needles help but the truth of the matter is that knit fabrics while we love them for their stretch and softness are still considered a "delicate" fabric and wear out faster than woven fabrics. Still, we use knits in diapering because they are soft and hemp knits will last longer than 100% cotton or 100% organic cotton knits because the hemp fibers are simply stronger. Knits with a bit of polyester in them like sherpa knit terry blends, for example, will hold up longer.<br><br>
I like hemp jersey and use it pretty frequently. I usually use it in the body of the diaper with maybe hemp stretch terry and then use the hemp fleece or hemp french terry for the soaker pad part. The good part about the holes that can develop in hemp items is that they usually don't spread and fray badly like some 100% cottons can. I have a really old all hemp jersey Crickett's diaper that has holes in most of the seams but it's still holding up and works well.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I've never seen a Stuffin so I'm not sure, but if their website is correct, they are hemp fleece. I think I use hemp fleece the least amount because all the soft fuzz wears off and I feel like hemp fleece stiffens up faster (though it does soften up again with continued use). The inside of the pocket not being soft is definitely due to the lack of friction and also just because hemp fleece tends to get stiff like that. Some will put a tennis ball in a sock in their laundry to "beat" the hemp back up again and make it soft. I've even heard of a hockey puck in a sock in the washer but that seems like it would be really loud and bangy.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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French terry is smooth on one side and has low, flat loops on the other - you see cotton french terry in ready to wear lounge wear a lot, like zip hoodie jackets and yoga pants. Sometimes if the inside of a sweatshirt isn't brushed to be all fleecey or it's old enough that the fleece has worn off, you can see the low flat loops. I love hemp french terry, I use it in the body of the diaper and in the soaker pad a lot. I don't think it gets as stiff as hemp fleece even though they are the same exact fabric - hemp fleece has just had the loops brushed to be fleecey. But the fleece can ball up and cause those hard spots another poster mentioned.<br><br>
So I guess to sum up, I use hemp jersey and hemp french terry most. But that's not to say I don't like my hemp fleece Sugar Peas diapers and I have hemp fleece Sugar Plum Baby diapers too. They got stiff at first but then softened back up as I kept using them.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've even heard of a hockey puck in a sock in the washer but that seems like it would be really loud and bangy.</div>
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Sometimes that happens accidentally here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Thanks so much for the good explanation of hemp! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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