Now before you proceed... following these steps WILL DESTROY YOUR WARRENTY! So if you still have your warranty contact Smartipants FIRST! If, like me, it was already shot due to using baking soda or something in the wash, then continue. Or, if you don't care about destroying your warranty and just want it fixed today.
You will need:
Hand sewing needle
Poly Thread to match the current thread on your diaper.(cotton thread will wick)
Braided elastic 1/4" wide. about 7" per side of each diaper.
Exacto knife and/or seam ripper
good (I suggest needlepoint) scissors
a thimble may help.
and patience... lots and lots of patience..
|Next remove the top stitching at the ends of the elastic. Make sure you release the entire end. That little corner there goes over the elastic. You will be able to feel the elastic under the stitching.|
|I know the pic is bad... Turn the diaper partially inside out so you can see where the elastic is sewn to the seam of the diaper. Remove the stitching holding that ONE END in place.|
|Stitch your new elastic to the now released end of the old elastic. Stitch the other end of the new elastic to where you had just released the old elastic. Find and release the other end of the old elastic like you did the first.|
|Remove the old elastic from the new elastic. Toss the old elastic. Stitch the new elastic to where the old one used to be attached. Repeat the process for the other leg opening.|
|All ends should now be secure. Turn the diaper right side out. Lay an insert in the diaper and check the fit on your child. If you don't include the insert your fit maybe off.|
|One repaired diaper and one waiting it's turn.|
The same process can be used to replace the elastic on the back as well.
I really love my Smartis and have really abused them. I have only replaced the elastic on my oldest 6 thus far. They are well over a year old, and have put up well with my learning curve. I hope to use these same diapers, plus a few more (pinks!), for my daughter when she arrives. If all goes well, she will leave the hospital in Smartis.
(Update: New Favorite!!!)