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Old 02-18-2013, 11:19 AM   #11
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Yup, just zig zag between the edge and your straight stitch. You can trim off the frayed edges first.

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Anyone know if places rent sergers?
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You could always take it to 'test drive' a serger at a store. For the rest you can just turn and top stitch them instead, faster than doing the zig zag. Beware of testing sergers though, you may find you need one ;-)
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You could always take it to 'test drive' a serger at a store. For the rest you can just turn and top stitch them instead, faster than doing the zig zag. Beware of testing sergers though, you may find you need one ;-)
Thought about turn & top stitch but then will have a bump similar to a hem right? Yeah I am afraid I would really like a serger!
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After a few washes the fraying will slow and stop. I have a ton of wipes that I was lazy on and just stitched around them. They all frayed for a bit and then stopped, they are still going strong and most are a year to 18 months old.
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Yep frayed


So run a zig zag stich?
Yes! Set your machine to a fairly short zig zag stitch length, and just stitch around the perimeter again. Allow the "zag" part of the stitch to end just off of the fabric. Then trim off the frayed parts. After that, it won't fray anymore and should work just fine. Great idea btw!
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I bet they'd make a nice trim, all cotton pocket stuffer too!
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I don't know of a place to rent a serger but I bet a seamstress or tailor would serge them for you pretty cheap! If you plan on making a bunch that might be worth it!
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Yes! Set your machine to a fairly short zig zag stitch length, and just stitch around the perimeter again. Allow the "zag" part of the stitch to end just off of the fabric. Then trim off the frayed parts. After that, it won't fray anymore and should work just fine. Great idea btw!
Thank you! I'll try this next time I have time to sew. If I can get them good, I would be able to make 24 of these from the 12 flats I have. That would be exciting!
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Re: If this works ... I'll be excited!

I did this as well, but found that even well-shrunk blankets and flats got wonky in the wash if they were sewn together, so I stuck with sewing flats together in 4 layers, and blankets together in 2-3 layers.

Birdseye will continue to fray a lot. Try to serge them somehow, and be sure to use wooly nylon thread.

After a TON of experimenting, I found that making inserts like this in 10x12" for newborn and small and 13x15" for medium/large works GREAT in Grovia covers. I could use them as soon as baby's cord stump fell off, with smalls trifolded the short way until about 11 pounds, then bifolded the long way to about 17 pounds. Around 18 pounds we switched to the larges and trifolded short way to about 23 pounds, then long way to 35 pounds. A small folded inside a large is awesome for toddlers at night!

I used the smalls as PP pads until baby's stump fell off, and she wore sposies for that first week--no need for a newborn stash

I bought flats off FSOT and blankets from the thrift store. Also used old sweatshirts (2 layers), flannel bedsheets (2-3 layers), old cotton tshirts (3-4 layers), and old towels sandwiched between flannel or old tshirts. Good luck!

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