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Old 08-21-2009, 06:26 AM   #1
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Sewing OVER elastic? And fleece question.

I am trying to replace the elastic on a GAD Fleece diaper I got FSOT last week. Can you sew over the length of polybraid elastic (like with a zig zag stitch) and still have it stretch? I have tried to find a place where I can put the elastic in a casing of some sort, but there's not much to work with! It looks like a previous owner used lastin/clear elastic and just did the zig zag method and it's a mess.

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Also - I need to make a few night time soakers. I have a few soakers, but they do not seem to be the heavyweight stuff (I bought the fleece a long time ago, I don't remember what it was - probably just the anti-pill). Would the night time stuff be the blizzard fleece from Joanne's? Or would I have to get access to some Windpro?

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I replace elastic in GADs and I've just done the zig-zag stitch over lastin. It's hard to get it all straight and the right tension/stretch, but it's not impossible. I honestly don't know if it would work to stitch polybraid elastic straight on, I've never tried or seen it done.

If you want a really good reliable nighttime soaker, I'd get some Windpro. I think perhaps there is some FSOT in the craft supplies section. Or maybe you could use 2 layers of the JoAnn fleece when sewing it together?

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No problem I saw the diaper your trying to repair on FSOT b/c I'm looking for those same dipes in girly colors! Really, it's a perfect one to start on, since you don't have to worry about puncturing the PUL if you get crooked. Shannon (maker of GAD) sells the lastin she uses for really cheap on her site (I think it's under notions/supplies) and that's what I use. The clear elastic from the craft store is too thin and it will break so don't bother (I learned this the hard way). Anyway, you can do it! I have a diaper that needs repair, I'll probably get to it this weekend, so if DH is around I'll have him take some pictures so you can see how I do it. Not that I'm an expert or anything!
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Ooo, she sells Windpro by the inch, too. Of course, I'd have to figure out how much I'd need to make a soaker, which I don't know how to do. Anyone know how much you need for a Large soaker using Katrina's pattern?

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You can put a second layer of antipill or even regular fleece in the wetzone and it'll work. My son (16 mos) can sleep for a full 12 hrs with one of those over a fitted. I personally dont see enough difference in the expensive fleece to justify the price. If you've got cheap fleece, double it up in the wetzone.. you've got nothing to lose if you've already got it onhand.
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You can put a second layer of antipill or even regular fleece in the wetzone and it'll work. My son (16 mos) can sleep for a full 12 hrs with one of those over a fitted. I personally dont see enough difference in the expensive fleece to justify the price. If you've got cheap fleece, double it up in the wetzone.. you've got nothing to lose if you've already got it onhand.
I actually don't have any more fleece at all, but I can always get some more Thanks for the idea! Alex leaks out the top, so I guess I would have to put doubler layers all around!
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a good recycling idea if your into recycling. those fleece lap blankets. they are much cheaper to buy then buying fleece by the yard. actually even thrift stores sell fabric. I got about 3 yards of fleece for 2 bucks there might be a little more then that though of fabric.
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Re: Sewing OVER elastic? And fleece question.

I replaced the elastic today, by taking out the old stitches (took over 2 hours to just do THAT), and then basically re-creating the casing. The legs fit better, but there is still a gap (and it's a bit narrow in the middle) so I guess he needs mediums in this brand!

I'll list it cheap, since it needs some more help and I just don't have time!
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a good recycling idea if your into recycling. those fleece lap blankets. they are much cheaper to buy then buying fleece by the yard. actually even thrift stores sell fabric. I got about 3 yards of fleece for 2 bucks there might be a little more then that though of fabric.
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