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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Surging projects

You are probably wondering what someone who can barely thread a needle is doing working on surging projects...


Well, I'll tell ya. My wonderful mother-in-law permanently loaned me her surger, after I borrowed it at her house to make myself some more wipies. It has been at my house ever since. I think that was last Thanksgiving. I FINALLY pulled it out, got it put back together, re-threaded, tensions set, etc and made the projects that have been sitting around for so very very long.

First off, there were the cotton/hemp terry wipies that I made for Stephanie's baby for a gift. (I am only about 5 months late here!) For good measure I am also throwing in a doubler and a couple of diaper inserts. I hope she doesn't laugh too hard at my inability to surge in a straight line!


The other project was (TMI alert!) the cloth pads I've been meaning to make since I got my period back after Katie was born. (Wow! That was like a year ago!) It's too bad I can't surge as well as the lady I got the pattern from. But as my darling pointed out, nobody is going to be looking at them! I made some out of the hemp/cotton, and a couple out of an old t-shirt, and a couple more out of an old pair of comfy (but too holey to wear anymore) sweatpants.


Here is a silly photo because I was so excited to get out of the house tonight - I went to JoAnn's and got among other things colored thread for the surger. And was proud of myself for being able to change them all out! (Did I mention I have next to no sewing skills, here!?!?)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm going to ask a stupid question here... what is surging, exactly?

Kerry said...

I'm very interested in your success at the very tmi cloth pads. I still have no need for them (thank you old age and breastfeeding!) but the thought of using one more Always that sticks to your girly parts pad makes me think about major surgery! :D

Mathochist said...

Oh, sorry, I misspelled it. It should be serging. The serger cuts and sews around the edges of the fabric so that it doesn't fray when you wash it.

Mathochist said...

Re the cloth pads: Well, they are not pretty. And I do not have snaps or a snap tool to actually put snaps in the wings. But I've used 5 so far, and I have to say, everyone who told me you bleed a lot less with cloth was right. I don't even have any waterproof layers in these, and they are functionally great. Just very ugly. ;) You can order good quality ones (made very similar to the pocket diapers) from some of the online diaper stores.

Spicy CPA Frog! said...

I'd be so scaried those suckers would leak! You are brave!! Tampons are much easier. To think some time ago I wouldn't use them. Now I can't imagine wearing a pad.

Kerry said...

re: snaps...
Could you use Velcro? I'm going to go out on a "wing" HAHA and assume that they meet under your undies and need to be attached to each other? Or am I way off?