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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Can't sew through cloth diapers ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 11/5/13 1:50 PM

I am trying to make some cute burp cloths out of purchased cloth diapers. These are the heavy duty kind that diaper services use. My machine is having trouble piercing the fabric. I've tried sharps, quilting, denim, and leather needles in sizes 14 or 16, because they were on hand. Before I go buy a bunch of other sizes and types of needles, has anyone tried this?? What else could be the problem??

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Date: 11/5/13 2:05 PM

The only thing I can think of is that there must be some kind of residue in the fabric. I think I'd run the diapers through the washer in very hot water with a double warm rinse first.......no soap or softner of any kind. Vinegar does not remove residue. It only cuts the suds and softens fabric. Good luck.

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Date: 11/6/13 0:37 AM

I am in the process of embroidering some myself. I bought Gerber brand. They sewed up just fine. However!! When I washed them to get the stabilizer out, they shrank 2 inches in each direction AND got those little balls all over. I had to take a razor and scrape off the balls.

They are a mess and I can't give them for a gift. Very annoying. Also, after shrinking, they would only fit a newborn as a diaper. :rolleyes:

The way to embroider them is to hoop a piece of stabilizer, then place the hoop on the machine according to however your machine sets up. Next, simply lay the diaper on top of the stabilizer without putting it in the hoop and run a basting stitch around it. I use embroidery needles and had no trouble with the embroidery. I did find that some designs sewed out better than others.

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Subject: Cant sew through cloth diapers Date: 11/6/13 0:53 AM

I had a likewise experience last month. I ordered diaper cloth to make burb cloths and after preshrinking it came out looking like a well used, pilled mess! So disappointing because I paid top dollar. I plan to iron and stitch up thick fancy bands and see if I can just remove the pills on the outer sections that show. Hope it works.

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Date: 11/6/13 4:32 AM

don't know if this helps but magnesium (we call it Epsom salts) softens the product, makes towels more absorbent.

I have industrial nappies (as we call them here) and I cut them down and re-sewed edges. didn't have a problem with stitching into them but my ones here (nappies) could be manufactured to different specs.

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Date: 11/6/13 6:40 AM

When I make burp cloths, I make them out of flannel, with
terry cloth, an old towel, sandwiched in between the top and bottom flannel pieces.

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Date: 11/6/13 9:04 AM

I have used these with great results.

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Date: 11/6/13 9:36 AM

I cloth diapered my kids for a while. I used these upon recommendation from many other cloth diapering mothers. I also ordered an extra dozen for burp cloths and sewed a border around the edges to differentiate them. 4 and a half years later I still have the burp clothes in my kitchen and use them as kitchen towels. Not a fuzz ball on them. They look fabulous, soak up everything, and take washing after washing. I can't seem to wear them out. I may even order another dozen and add a more kitchen appropriate border if I do wear these out.



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Date: 11/6/13 9:57 AM

I bought that brand first from amazon. When they arrived they the color was nasty. They looked used instead of unbleached. I washed them thinking that might improve the look.

Next I put them in the rag pile. Waste of time and money.

I like the idea of flannel and terricloth. I wish I'd known about that before this mess I created to say nothing of the money spent and time wasted.

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Date: 11/6/13 3:48 PM

Thank you, all. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has had problems with cloth diapers. I purposely sought out the durable type of diapers that diaper services use, because of the pilling you all have mentioned. I think I would need an industrial machine to sew through them.

Well, I guess this project wasn't meant to be...the shower is Saturday, and I have no more time to experiment. I'll have to go buy a gift! For next time, I like the idea of using terry or flannel.

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