Replacing elastics

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Replacing elastics

Post by Feijoa » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:58 pm

Hi all

I bought some 2nd hand Fuzzis from Trademe and the trader assured me the elastics were in great condition but some of the actually are pretty stretched. I can sew very basic so wonder how hard it would be to replace the elastics?

Can someone tell me what type of elastic i need and a basic idea of the technique. Any things to be aware of. Thanks all :-)

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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by drlauren » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:41 pm

with fuzzes you need to unpick the leg topstitching, then the elastic will likely be sewn along it's whole length so that needs unpicking too
then you just 3-step zigzag new elastic where the old was, stretching it as you sew it on, and topstitch.

personally i would be sending the bad ones back and asking for a refund. it is quite a bit of work when you can often get good second hand ones for not very much.
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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by Feijoa » Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:57 pm

Thanks for that.

Yes had thought about sending them back for a refund - so very annoying! I think that would be easier than trying to sort the elastics! Thanks for your help.

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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by Noisybabe007 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:40 pm

There is a lady through FB that replaces elastics... quite reasonable price apparently....
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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by Foxtrot » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:31 pm

This is not a very professional fix at all, but if you are not fussy about how it looks and just want it to be functional, I had some bad elastic and no sewing machine a while back, so I just unpicked the very ends of the channel the elastic is in , slid a new piece of elastic in the channel (leaving the old stuff in there) and sewed it down just at the ends to keep it in place and it worked and was fairly quick and easy. For medium nappies I used 13 cm of elastic (unstretched) for each leg and that's about right. (I used 6mm wide swimwear elastic from Spotlight).
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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by ob1 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:56 pm

I absolutely don't care what my nappies look like, and I just put some FOE on the sides, it doesn't even match, but saves my nappies from going in the bin.
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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by Feijoa » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:38 pm

Thanks for those tips - very helpful :-)

Nosiybabe - do you know the name of the lady on FB who does the elastic?

Foxtrot - that sounds pretty easy thank you :-)

Ob1 - sorry to be thick but what's FOE? (I have no idea on some acronyms sorry)

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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by ob1 » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:32 pm

Sorry, fold over elastic, most people get their's from greenbeans:
http://www.greenbeans.co.nz/elastics/fo ... white.html
Very quick and easy to use. Once you know how I guess..
Your local haberdashery shop will probably sell some, but often it is knicker elastic, which is very soft, and probably wouldn't last as long as the greenbeans stuff.
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Re: Replacing elastics

Post by Feijoa » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:05 am

Thankyou for that! (I'm still learning :-)

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