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Posted by: Rennie Ashby

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Posted on: 4/5/04 10:43 PM
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I like to sew children's elastic waist shorts, but it's not always easy for them (or me) to tell front from back. Sure, I could sew in one of my garment labels, but labels can irritate tender skin.
When my now 10 yr old son was little, I used the M memory of my trusty Pfaff 7570 to store the letters 'B-A-C-K'. Tonight, I made a pair for my 4 yr. old stepgrandson and found the letters still there. If only my memory worked as well!
It's sewn to the inside casing allowance before casing is turned down. In addition, the child learns to recognize the word 'back'.
Another idea is to sew one non-hoop embroidery motif to the back like this elephant. Photo blurred but you get the idea. I also added the elephant to the lower pocket area. Looks a little like a designer logo.

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Diana M said... (4/20/04 6:39 PM) Reply
For the littlest one, just learning to dress themselves, I like to put an X or a T (for tummy) in the FRONT of the waistband. They can check after they have them on if they're frontwards or backwards!
Rennie Ashby said... (4/12/04 9:53 AM) Reply
Asa, you are so right! No special tip needed for that. Somehow the following;('s elastic waist shorts) got deleted. Thanks for this keen observation. Embarressing since English is my first language. :-O
Asa Hagstrom said... (4/8/04 11:51 AM) Reply
Rennie, the title of your tip was so intriguing I just had to look... What, she doesn't know what is front and back of a child?! :D
Judy Williment said... (4/8/04 4:27 AM) Reply
Great idea, but for those of us who don't have embroidery machines, you can sew a tiny loop of ribbon or cotton tape in place of a label.
Mel.J said... (4/6/04 6:12 PM) Reply
Great idea!
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