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I'm just learning to make my own diapers. I have some local women who all make their diapers and they have agreed to walk me through it step by step and teach me. So my husband has given me $200 to buy one new "toy". Right now I already have a sewing machine but it's pretty cheap bottom of the line. Definitly nothing fancy. So would you buy a new sewing machine, a serger, or a snap press? I'm not sure which I would get the most use out of or which is the most necessary.<br>
I will me making pockets diapers if that makes a difference.
 

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If you really want to make dipes w/ snaps only, I would say the snap press. If you have no preference (snaps or aplix) and you're happy with the quality your sewing machine produces(whether or not it is top of the line), I would say the serger. But if you're not happy with you're sewing machine and would be doing t&t dipes, then I would get a new sewing machine. HTH.
 

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Yeah that. Really, I had a cheapo sewing machine for years, and I just got a fancy one...you know what, I still only ever use a straight stitch and a zig zag. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It has a computer thingy for embroidery, but it's so darn complicated, I dont have the time to sit and figure it out especially with a 2 yo around! I love my serger, so I'd be tempted to get one of those if I were you. However, *I* am coveting a snap press so...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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If you are not happy with your sewing machine you could get another one that is nicer. I just bought a $230 Kenmore that makes my old sewing machine look like a pinto. Sewing is pure pleasure now!<br><br>
I have heard sergers have a pretty big learning curve and you have to spend a bit more to get a good one. So many of the most desirable Hyena dipes out there are turned and topstitched, and personally I think it looks nicer (but it does take a bit longer I know). Sergers are great for making soakers, but since you are doing pockets you don't need to worry about that. I straight stitch, trim, and then zigzag my soakers and PFs and they hold up just as well as anything I have ever purchased serged. You can sew anything diaper related with a simple well-working sewing machine.<br><br><br><br>
If you want to snap then you could get a snap press. I personally prefer aplix or making pinable snappiable diapers myself!<br><br>
You could spend the $200 on fabrics!
 

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Kenmore sergers are great (made by Janome, good brand!)... usually $350, regularly on sale for $250 and sometimes you can ask if they have one or two of "last year's" model still around... that's how I got mine for $125.<br><br>
A snap press, dies, and starter snaps would probably cost around $125 or so. Depends on where you get it from. I recommend going with either thesnapstore.com or with Serena (<a href="http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=4279008&uid=1894576)" target="_blank">http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/...8&uid=1894576)</a>. Both of them use the KAM brand presses and snaps, so you can buy from either going forward. Be aware that the One Stop Diaper Shop (OSDS) presses and snaps are NOT interchangeable with the KAM ones.
 

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Depending on the type of machine you have you might have some trade in value, usually not much but stores sometimes will give you a $50 credit towards a new machine. Find one you like on sale and possibly some freebies thrown in and you might end up with a machine you really like.
 

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I am just like you in that I just started making my own pocket diapers ( I actually just finished # 6 tonight!!), and I have an older sewing machine... nothing fancy. I would definitely spend the money on the FABRIC! I have no problem with the Aplix I am using, but if you must have snaps, then I would say get the press! Good luck and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I do!!!
 

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If I were making pocket diapers, I wouldn't use a snap press *or* a serger! So I'd spend the money on good Aplix brand hook & loop, and some nice PUL and microfleece <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 have to agree with Stell on that one, but I would only use pockets for a slightly older child. My son constantly blew out his pockets when he was exclusively BF.<br><br>
I love my snap press, which I got with dies for about $100. So now I am coveting a serger.<br><br>
I think your decision totally depends on what kind of dipes you want to make and if you'll be happy with the quality your current machine puts out.
 
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