Any nurses who sew?

  1. I know this is an unusual question, but does anybody out there sew their own uniforms? What is a good, cool, durable, unwrinklable material to use. I'm sick of the poor selection at uniform shops, so I'm looking into getting some made for me. 100% cotton? 40/60 polyester cotton blend? Viscose? any advice?:angel2:
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   angelac1978
    I have made a couple of scrub tops just because I saw some fabric that I thought was just too cute! I have used 100% cotton and also a cotton/poly blend. One thing to look for is a high-thread count, this is usually not listed on the fabric bolt but you can look at the fabric closely to see how tightly woven the threads are. The higher the thread count, the softer, more durable the fabric. Usually the 100% cottons are the ones with the higher thread count. Another tip if you do go with cotton, I always wash the fabric before I do any cutting/ sewing. washing the fabric first helps remove any excess dyes and also any shrinkage that occurs will happen before you spend all that time sewing something to size! Its really not that hard to sew scrubs, most patterns are pretty straightforward, the last time I made one, I made it, start to finish in about an hour!
  4. by   moonshadeau
    this is an unfamiliar concept to me- this sewing thing. People still do this?
  5. by   live4today
    I wish I COULD sew! It is sooooooo disappointing to go shopping these days to only see things made for Twiggy and her followers.
  6. by   jayna
    hahhahaha.......Used to sew when am in my late teens. Now lost that hobby, because of travelling.

    OH and because my sewing machine was stole...........hehhehehe
  7. by   l.rae
    totally not my bag, In High School, when only girls were forced to take home-ec, my sewing class was a nightmare!! Sewed the bottom of my skirt together!!...Not all that long ago I actually tried to glue a button back on with super glue.......My hubby won't let me near a needle and thread. A few years ago he asked me to sew a small split in the crotch of his work pants...I warned him, anyway, I gave it a whirle with a needle and thread, (I don't own one of those sewing contraptions), and I never could get it to look right so I just tucked the needle into the fabric and threw them in the floor of the closet intending to take the pants to his mom to sew on her machine.....well you guessed it, he got them out of the floor and put them on...OH YEAH...he discovered his little present whilst crouching underneath a machine at work.OOOOOOO! He said he was running caty-cornered screaming to the restroom . HMMMMM....I've never been asked to sew again....Now...if l ever set his pecker on fire while cooking....well, maybe not......LR
  8. by   finallyRN
    I have sewen several of my scrub tops. The price of scrubs is crazy when i see how cheep i can sew one (About 6-10 depending on the fabric.
  9. by   adrienurse
    That's another problem. Most uniform stores in Canada buy American products, so I end up having to pay double the american price because out dollar here is so sucky.

    I don't know about you, but I'm just not gonna pay 60$ for something that's just going to get barfed on or pooped on.
  10. by   thisnurse
    i got a sewing machine and decided to make my own curtains for my patio door since it was an odd size.
    i bought a cpl sheers, measured the window and cut them. wrong of course. i got more and cut those...not right but they were workable. i started sewing a hem and the stitches were binding up and making knots. i played with the tension for about an hour and finally got it to stop. i took the curtain out of the machine and was going to iron the seam. i had a cigarette burning in the ash tray and when i flipped the curtain in the air to straighten it, it hit the ashtray and burned a huge hole in the center.
    this whole thing took about 2 hours and usually would be enough to set me off. instead i threw the curtains away...they were ruined anyway....put my sewing machine in the closet and havent touched it since. some ppl just shouldnt sew.
  11. by   mlolsonny
    I still sew my own scrubs.

    I don't care for 100% Cotton, though, too wrinkly! I choose a cotton/poly blend and check the "crush". While it's still on the bolt (before I buy it) I take a piece and squeeze it for a minute, then look at the wrinkles. If they come right out, I'll buy it. If not, I won't wear it, cuz I won't iron it.

    Definitely prewash and tumble dry before cutting out the pattern.

    I've made enough now that I cut with a rotary cutter on a mat and lay out 3-5 at a time. Then I can sew, sew, sew. I can make 5-3 pocket tops in about 12 hours.

    My most expensive was $8, cheapest were $2 ($1/ yard for the material).

    It all comes down to: Do I have more money than time, or more time than money?
  12. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by thisnurse
    i got a sewing machine and decided to make my own curtains for my patio door since it was an odd size.
    i bought a cpl sheers, measured the window and cut them. wrong of course. i got more and cut those...not right but they were workable. i started sewing a hem and the stitches were binding up and making knots. i played with the tension for about an hour and finally got it to stop. i took the curtain out of the machine and was going to iron the seam. i had a cigarette burning in the ash tray and when i flipped the curtain in the air to straighten it, it hit the ashtray and burned a huge hole in the center.
    this whole thing took about 2 hours and usually would be enough to set me off. instead i threw the curtains away...they were ruined anyway....put my sewing machine in the closet and havent touched it since. some ppl just shouldnt sew.
    HALLALUIA..LR
  13. by   canoehead
    I buy my pants and sew my tops. I dislike spending all the time sewing but buying is so expensive. So I compromised by buying plain pants and then picking out my favorite patterns and making the tops for cheap.

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