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08/01/2008, 11:22 AM
I was wondering if anyone had some advice or opinions for me. We use Peapods and have noticed lately that in some of the older style nappies the elastic has completely gone. Some of them are only 6-12 months old and well looked after.
Anyway so I decided to unpick one of the seams around the elastic to see if I could replace the elastic and I notice that they have actually straight stitched the elastic in instead of zig zag stitching it. I forget the name of this style of stitching but its basically when you stretch the elastic and sew it in that way.
So they have straight stitched instead of zig zagged and I am completely perturbed by this because its a completely illogical way of sewing elastic. Anyway do you think that I should contact Peapods and say to them that the elastic has been sewn in wrong and would I get a relacement or have them fix it?
I would love to hear anyones ideas
08/01/2008, 12:26 PM
My PP elastic has stretched, but none have actually GONE yet... how annoying
Do you have a record of the date purchased? Definately contact them and see if they will do a replacement.
I guess it's up to them how they want to stich their nappies, but maybe suggesting the alternative to them?
08/01/2008, 12:29 PM
I have a Peapods nappy where the elastic is completely shot,I have been to lazy to unpick it,but I have noticed many pocket nappies have the elastic sewn in with a straight stitch,not sure why I always sew with a zig-zag stitch or a 3 step zig-zag,but like I said I have noticed many pocket nappies are sewn that way.
08/01/2008, 01:47 PM
it's hard to check (without alot of hassle) on the pocket nappies that have LEG CASINGS, but easy to check on the ones that don't. I noticed straight stitching on the leg elastic of an old style Swaddlebees pocket too, thought the same as you "WHy didn't they zig zag it?"
i would contact PEAPODS, tell them your experience and suggest the zig zag method - what have you got to lose?
it is frustrating, when you make the effort to look after things nicely, and stuff STILL goes wrong.
09/01/2008, 09:33 PM
I had the elastic go in 5 Fuzzibunz pockets. One went within a few months of purchase, so the seller (in the USA) sent me a new one, and didn't even insist I send the dodgy one back! Eventually, I replaced all the elastic myself. It's not hard if you can use a sewing machine. I wouldn't worry about the straight stitching. If the nappies are only 6 months old, I'd definitely contact the seller. 12 months old though - I think it's great when elastic lasts longer than that, but that is about what I would expect it to last.
09/01/2008, 10:10 PM
Thanks for your help ladies
I will contact Peapods and see what they say. I know you are right that it is their choice how they sew their nappies but it is just such an illogical way of keeping the tension in the elastic.
How long do you think the elastic should last in MCN? People say they can be used for more than one child but is that only if you replace all the elastic?
10/01/2008, 08:10 AM
I guess it depends on the style of nappy. I think most of the elastic is designed to last up to 200 washes... however most of us are washing in warm or hot water, then there is the amount of time your nappies sit in the wee in the nappy bucket, what sort of detergents you use, and also whether you use the drier with your MCN.
I haven't been using MCN long, but most of my nappies are from the TR, I use "warm" not hot water in my machine and wash every day or day and a half. I've never used the drier (don't have one) and dry on an airer so there is not stress on the elastic, and also dry in the shade (don't need to sun poo stains as most of the time DS poos in the potty).
I've never had any of my elastic go, which is a surprise on the ones that were already 2nd hand.
If you get a year out of nappies being used regularly then that's good I think. If you are really careful and have a large stash, then definately longer. AND possibly a 2nd child.
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