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Feylin

Post   » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:09 am


I'm interested to hear how those hold up in the washer, Lisam.

I sew really crapy pads and I've been thinking of branching out into really crapy blankets or beds! The pigs don't care if we can't sew straight or that the sewing machine is out to drive you insane.

I recently found out that you must sew with the bobbin wound full of thread from the spool on the top of the machine. Otherwise, it gets all snarly and not working right due to some tension thing that I didn't fully grasp. Apparently, this is something most sewing people know but I totally missed that part of the lesson!

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New Guinea Mom
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Post   » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:30 am


Purplepeep. do you make that in big people size, cuz I wanna move in. That's totally adorable! I want to see pictures of piggies in there.

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amysanimals

Post   » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:34 am


Lisa, I made what it sounds like you are making-- fleece and matress pad covers. I found out after many errors that the best setting is actually in zig-zag form on tension #3. I have a Brother sewing machine that was always giving me trouble but that setting has worked wonders for me!

They actually hold up really really well! I would say make them about 2 inches wider and longer than needed because after one wash, the do shrink down to fit just right and wont shrink afterward. It makes cleaning so much easier. Im so thankful I took the time and money to make a few. Ive also found that little fleece and batting pads work really well for heavy traffic spots.

Hmm, we really should start a crafting thread. I would love to learn how to make better tunnels and cuddle cups. Somehow, I always measure something wrong.

PixieStix

Post   » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:57 am


My fleece set-up is neither interesting, creative, nor especially functional- the pigs still find ways to mess it up. So no pictures.

But, what does everyone do to keep their fleece smelling fresh after being washed in the winter? In the summer I can hang out my fleece and towels outside, but obviously not in winter. They don't smell gross really, but I always think my towels smell always a little wet-towelish (hate that smell) and never really that great. I use vinager sometimes, but have to just dump it on the pile of towels because of my washer and the fact that I use powdered detergent. I'm sure there's suggestions, but searching makes me sift through piles and piles of threads where the word "fleece" was once mentioned.

Ooh, I like the idea of a thread with instructions for fleecey tunnels.

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rshevin

Post   » Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:26 pm


Are you line drying in winter too? I don't have space to line dry all my pig bedding so I'm not familiar. Do you have a dryer? If so, maybe tossing them in to fluff when they're almost dry will help.

Vinegar needs to go into the rinse cycle. If your washing machine has a fabric softener dispense, you can fill that with vinegar, otherwise you can buy a Downy Ball and use that to automatically dispense into the rinse. In general, your fleece and towels shouldn't smell. The best routine will depend in your washing machine and water, but most of us wash on warm or hot to really get things clean. I find a good soak in the wash water helps get things really clean as does the addition of oxy booster and Borax (I have hard water). I hope that helps. When my fleece was getting really stinky it turned out I had the wrong detergent by accident. I've also added a 1/4 cup of bleach on occasion to get things really clean. It won't mess up your fleece even if it's colored.

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Keezy

Post   » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:50 pm


I just found the most awesome fleece ever, and I had to share. :D

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I love it.

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New Guinea Mom
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Post   » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:53 pm


That is so colorful! Cute!

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Brenda B

Post   » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:29 pm


Keezy, as you can probably figure out from other posts, Tsunami is on my pignap list. Please do not post any pics without him ok? :)

But, I do love the fleece!

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:30 pm


Oh Keezy that fleece is really cute.

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Feylin

Post   » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:04 pm


Oh I love that! I also love your cage with the 2x3 kitchen area. Very nice.

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camende
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Post   » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:30 pm


I love that fleece, keezy!

I really need to work on coordinating the colors of my cage. I am usually just happy to have clean fleece pads and not worry about matching the fleece.

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vanillapooh1979

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:04 am


What do you all do to battle the static cling? It seems like poor Coco, Boomer and Lion are walking zappers on the fleece. Their hair is long and it gets all wacky sticking up and when you pick them up you get that nice little electric zap. That can not be comfortable for them. So any ideas how to reduce the static without fabric softener?

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New Guinea Mom
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Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:09 am


Vanillapooh, I shake my fleece out after the dryer. I could be imagining it, but I feel like I shake the static out. I don't seem to have that problem. I'm sorry you do. Maybe you can try that????

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Topaz

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:38 pm


Air drying helps too, vp.

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vanillapooh1979

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:00 pm


Hmm... I guess I can hang the fleece out to dry and also shake it before folding to see if that helps. Thanks!:)

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Feylin

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:06 pm


I want to say vinegar in the rinse cycle, but I'm not sure if that's just because vinegar seems to cure everything else or not.

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vanillapooh1979

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:23 pm


I use vinegar. So far that has not seemed to help. I think a lot of the problem is the fact that it has been cold here so the heater is on a lot and the inside of the house is very dry.

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:58 pm


The weather here has been very dry too, and even with the vinegar my fleece comes out of the dryer in a big static-y wad.

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amysanimals

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:01 pm


Keezy! I almost bought that exact fleece from Wal-mart. My mother absolutely loved it and wanted me to get some for the boys cage. I had to decide against it though since it just didnt match the room they are in. Such a bummer!

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:20 pm


I also find that not taking the laundry out of the dryer right away helps. I tend to dry stuff overnight and deal with it the next evening when I'm home from work. The static is much less than when I remove it promptly. The simple fact is you'll always have static when you don't use softener. You kind of have to adjust your expectations. Vinegar, shaking out, and waiting will all reduce static but it won't go away entirely.

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