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Old 02-15-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Is this normal for flats?

I have Osocozy unbleached cotton birdseye flats. They all look like this:



I don't know if you can tell, but the hemmed edges are folded up on themselves several times on each edge. This reduces the effective size of the flats by a significant percentage and makes them difficult to fold. Talk about bumps from hemmed edges!

Do other flats do this? I bought these a couple years ago hoping to enjoy flats, but I really want my flats to be FLAT. Hemmed edges wouldn't bother me, I don't think, but the edges folding in I can't handle. Should I try other brands? If you have Osocozy flats, do you have this issue, too?

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:19 AM   #2
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Seems normal to me. Especially after they are prepped they shrink and have such edges.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:40 AM   #3
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Hemmed flats do seem to do that. A little bit of cd safe fabric softener or hanging dry does help. I am usually using serged edge flats and I like the smooth edges so much I don't think I will ever go back to wrinkly hemmed ones.That has always been my pet peeve with flats.


ETA: Diaper rite unbleached has seemed to lay a bit flatter but are not totally smooth. I use them as dishtowels because the ridges are annoying when padfolded.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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Re: Is this normal for flats?

Yes, this is normal. And yes, it drives many of us crazy. If you read enough flat threads, you'll see lots of mamas on the search for the "perfect flat", which typically involves one that won't do that.

Some people have success taking their flats out of the dryer immediately and then folding them - they say that prevents the problem. I, personally, have never managed to even test this out, b/c I can never get my dipes out of the dryer immediately :-)

I have receiving blanket flats that don't wrinkle on the edges like that - maybe a tiny bit, but nothing that bothers me.

Also, knit fabrics might wrinkle / roll a little, but nothing like that. A lot of people are really digging the new Flip inserts, which are a knit, rectangular flat. But, they are pricey compared to birdseye flats. Bamboo terry flats also fall into this category - knit, almost no wrinkling, but much more expensive.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:49 AM   #5
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Re: Is this normal for flats?

Yep, looks normal. If you really wanted, you could iron them.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:57 AM   #6
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Everybody says that's normal, but I've noticed something interesting: The ONLY flats I have that roll like that are the ones I've bought on FSOT. None of the flats I bought new roll like that, and that includes DR, imagine bamboo, imagine cotton, and GMD. Every once in a while, a small part of the selvage edge might get a little crease in it, but that's it.

Which of course makes me wonder if it might have something to do with how people are washing or drying them...
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My GMD flats have never curled up. All others have!
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I have the same flats, which I bought new. I only line dry my flats, and while they curl in slightly, they never curl as much as that! Perhaps try line drying them only?
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Re: Is this normal for flats?

In my experience, front loader washing results in more curling than top loader washing.
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In my experience, front loader washing results in more curling than top loader washing.
Why? Do you mean as compared to a top loader with agitator, is do you think that's a non-factor? Maybe less water?
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