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Date: 10/31/12 4:27 PM

I had about 5 prefolded diapers- probably the premium Gerber. They were already washed and seemed fine after a touch up with the iron.
I broke two needles, and was getting terrible thread nests on the bottom. I was using a soft tearaway washaway stabilizer. I was using a sharp 14 embroidery needle, brand new.

SO - I'm wondering what you guys do to make burps. I'm considering buying the diapering fabric from Joann's and putting two layers together, embroidering, and then sewing that RST to some flannel.
I guess I'm looking for something a tad thinner to embroider, but still having that absorbency.
I love making these, and have never had this much trouble before. I don't think it's my machine, as it just got serviced. I embroidered a bib afterwards which came out great. It's got to be these diapers!

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Date: 10/31/12 4:38 PM

Had you added a layer of flannel to the diaper? I've seen some burp cloths done that way. If so, it may have been too much.

I have never had trouble embroidering burp cloths on either of my machines. So far, it has been those thick "Premium" Gerber diapers that are now extinct. (I'm so lucky that I stocked up, right before they disappeared)

I use whatever stabilizer I'm in the mood to use, generally a tearaway. I think I even use a topper. Size 75 or 80 Organ sharp ME needle. I've never had any trouble.

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Date: 10/31/12 6:59 PM

I use the prefolded diapers for burp cloths. I put a cutaway stabilizer on the bottom and a wash away on the top. I've never had an issue and I've been doing it like this for years. Maybe it is your stabilizer that's causing the problem?

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Date: 10/31/12 8:25 PM

The weirdness happened during the lettering, which was just a satin stitch, and wasn't overly dense.
No I didn't use flannel on it. And I thought it wasn't the machine, because of the bib which came out fine right after. Sigh -- Sometimes it seems to be just more hassle than it's worth.

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Date: 10/31/12 8:39 PM

I posted this review awhile back and this process has always worked well for me.

Burp Review

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Date: 10/31/12 10:30 PM

Hey Southern...

Any chance you *possibly* had a bummed-up bobbin set up?

On my machines, after the bobbin is placed in the machine, (all of mine are horizontal bobbin machines.. I just prefer those) ... the thread must cross over the bobbin after the one needle down/needle up maneuver is done to bring the bobbin thread to the top.

The ***only*** time I've built birdsnests (or strings of birdsnests) on the back side of the work is when I didn't make sure that d*mn thread was crossing the bobbin properly.

I just don't think it's the fabric as much as it could have been a threading issue.

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Date: 11/1/12 7:40 AM

SewNanny the burps look great and it will be handy in a hurry to look up your review as a quick reference. I have done a lot of burps in the past but I always have to dig my directions out or online before starting. Your review has very concise and clear directions so thanks for that.
Southernstitch that is odd that you were having trouble on the prefold and not the bib. I too have never had trouble on prefold gerber type so I had to wonder if you just bought these and maybe there was some new sort of filling material being put inside of them as a soaker. I have a lot on hand in the embroidery blanks stash and have not bought any new in a long time. If I am not backing the burps with print fabric I use tearaway or water soluble backing if only trimming with ribbon. If doing them like SewNanny I use cutaway. I like to machine baste especially on layered stuff like this on the single needle machines or to actually hoop them when using the multi needle machine. If you stick them with adhesive doing hoopless method only the bottom layer is held in place on the backing unless you machine baste them down. Stuff like this is so frustrating.

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Date: 11/1/12 7:45 AM

I just reread what you said and it was only the lettering -maybe that font was not the best suited for the layers-machine embroidery to be so much fun can be really hair pulling at times.

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Date: 11/1/12 8:40 AM


Ah geez.. I thought your machine was skipping stitches.. I won't even ask why YOU need/want emb burbs..

TRY emb something else. .since the machine was just serviced.. if it does this on other things.. then it may be something needs readjusting.

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Date: 11/1/12 1:35 PM

Thanks everyone. It must just be these burps or the stabilizer. I've embroidered this same design before successfully. I did change needles, re-thread and all that to no avail. It's rare I make these. I think I'm going to try no prefolds but just the fabric diaper cloth with flannel and see how those do.

I love this little burp design. You take a baby bottle design, and put that on there (I put mine on the bottom), and then the words say *Party 2am My Crib*, in a child's font. Too cute.

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