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Ok, ladies. I need help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
It seems like every other diaper I make the elastic is going wonky. It doesn't happen in pockets, only in fitteds and AIO's, so maybe the amount/kinds of fabrics have something to do with it.<br><br>
I use 1/4" polybraid elastic. I zig-zag it to the seam allowance and trim away any excess fabric before turning and top-stitching.<br><br>
But it does this:<br><br><a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/shauna.m/detail?.dir=d929&.dnm=8ba4re2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/shauna...e2.jpg&.src=ph</a><br><br>
The one on the left is an AIO with a pul outer, 2 body layers (flannel and I think birdseye), and a fairly thin sewn-in soaker of who knows what.<br><br>
The one on the right is a fitted with a knit outer, suedecloth inner, an additional body layer of hemp jersey and a sewn-in sherpa soaker.<br><br>
It's like the legs don't know whether to roll in or out! It's not a big deal in fitteds because they get a cover over top anyways, but in AIO's it makes it more likely to wick because he pees straight onto the pul right at the leg casing, which gets tucked in (I try to roll it out when I put it on him, but it's stubborn).<br><br>
This isn't a big deal to me when it's our diapers. Sure I'm disappointed in how they look, but I only have a couple AIO's that do this and wick so I just use them around the house. But I plan to eventually make and sell diapers and I can't have this happening to every other diaper! I'd never make any money because I'd have to keep the messed up ones. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
ETA: I pre-wash anything that could shrink (flannel, birdseye, hemp) so I don't think shrinking fabric causes it.
 

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You might try not doing the casing - on your AIOs anyway. As long as you are sewing the elastic to the PUL side, the PUL will roll in. It seems like on the diaper on the right, your casing is affecting the stretch/room the elastic has. It's hard to say from pictures, and even harder for me to explain what I'm trying to say <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:. BTW, your PUL layer is larger than your absobent layers on the AIOs right?<br>
There are some elastic tutorials in my sig, not sure if they will address your issue, but sometimes it's helpful to see someone else sew the same thing. You might see something that we do differently.<br>
HTH!
 

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Maybe you need more absorbency? If having the PUL tucked/rolled in is resulting in leaks...I have only had that problem if the diaper is not absorbent enough. If your using hemp - I think you've posted that you know this- it has to be washed several times in detergent before becoming absorbent. If it's other cotton fabrics, you might experiment with some doublers to see at what point you reach the right absobency. Snap in or sewn in doublers can be made thicker and still dry well. Or you can add one that snaps into the dipe in the front, and one that snaps into the dipe in the back- giving you two doublers...<br>
I know you've posted a lot on dipes and have a good deal of knowledge. I'm just kind of thinking out loud here. I hope you are able to figure it out.<br>
My second son was a heavy wetter. He had so much fluff on at night it's amazing he could sleep <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 think you might try upping your elastic to 3/8", I don't think 1/4" has quite enough oomph for all the layers in your fitteds and AIOs. The fact that your pockets are fine seems to support this!<br><br>
You might also try cutting the inners smaller than the outer layers, especially for your AIOs, to make the PUL roll in even more than they will naturally by sewing the elastic to the PUL.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Ok, thanks! I'll try going to 3/8" elastic and not doing the casing for now. I do like diapers without casings. I guess I just add the casing out of habit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I just don't get why half of my fitteds and aio's turn out beautifully when I do them all pretty much the same way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Maybe I'm doing them all wrong and I just got lucky on the other ones? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Hmmm.... I make my fitteds with 3 full layers too and 1/4 elastic and haven't had this issue. But my soaker is made of hemp fleece and is still pretty thin. Is your soaker really close to your casing?<br><br>
Now that I think about it, I did have a couple of fitteds that I made out of sherpa and knit, and sewing the casing was a major pain in the rear. My thread kept breaking while I was trying to stitch around the elastic. I was so mad that I had to keep rethreading my needle that I threatened to throw my machine out the window. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It hasn't been an issue since I went back to using hemp for a soaker though.<br><br>
Question: For those who say to use a larger outer layer, do you make the whole layer larger? I've been making mine a little larger through the leg area but was wondering if I should be increasing the whole thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 
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