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Old 06-09-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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Tips for using FOE?

I made my very first diaper (a pocket) and used FOE for the first time and man was it difficult! How do you keep the fabric in place while pulling the elastic tightly enough? When stretching the elastic towards me it sometimes made the whole diaper pull towards me in the middle of sewing which messed it up. Any tips on how to best use it? TIA!

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I am by no means an expert - but this is what I do.

Measure the FOE that should be used and mark the end but don't cut. Pin along the leg (or wherever) periodically, when you let go of it the fabric should be ruffled up (kwim) in between. Tack diwn the beginning of the seam and as soon as there's enough hanging off the back, grab it in one hand, hold the front in the other, and stretch as you sew. Does that make sense, idk if Im describing it well. When you get close to the end you can cut the foe or wait until youre totally done (depending on how finished/nice you care about the dipe being... I am guilty of shortcuts here
Also, I use a walking foot mostly bc I am too lazy to switch back and forth, and I find that it helps. Sometimes I will baste the inner and outer together along the seam so that i dont have to worry about one if them slipping out.
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Re: Tips for using FOE?

Yeah, it was hard the first few I did as well. You'll get the hang of it. Basically, I'll pinch the FOE down when stretching it as well as pinching the fabric at the same time so it doesn't seperate. It's something that takes a few tries. I don't use pins, or measuring either. It doesn't work well for me, and takes up more time.
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Re: Tips for using FOE?

When stretching, you must stretch from both the back and the front of your needle, or it will slip. I don't measure and don't use pins. If I absolutely must, i will baste small sections of the pocket together. Usually I use a 1/4in seam for basting and only baste the very front and back of the diaper.
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Okay, these were definitely some helpful tips! I will try some of them when I attempt my next diaper. Thanks ladies!
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Re: Tips for using FOE?

Yep, I don't use pins, but it does take practice. I just go nice and straight around the curves etc, then when I want it elasticised, I pull it at the front, but I make sure I hold onto the back as well and sort of pull it through lightly. I just do small sections at a time if I am elasticising around a curve.
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