Love your current unpadded sling's fabric, but not crazy about the way the shoulder is made? Send it to me, and I can remake it with overlapping pleats! No length is lost (unless you want it shorter or I am unable to remove the existing stitching), and if it has a pocket, I'll make sure it's still on the correct side.
(Go to this page if you want a wrap turned into a sling.)
Preparation: If you have pets or are a smoker, please wash the sling (without fabric softener) before sending it to me -- we are very sensitive to pet dander, cigarette smoke, and perfumes here!
My address is:
sleeping baby productions
12 Davis Ave
Durham, NH 03824-1940
The "sling size" selector is if you have a long sling that you want redone shorter -- I can't make a short sling longer :)
The price is for redoing the shoulder on a sling that already has rings you like; for another $3, you can also have the rings replaced with new aluminum SlingRings.
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Please note: If you have sent a ring sling to me to have the rings replaced or the shoulder re-sewn with overlapping pleats, be aware that such surgery must necessarily result in a voiding of the original manufacturer's guarantees or warranties, as applicable, and that they should no longer be considered liable if the stitching that I did is found to be faulty. (I.e. if you buy a sling from a vendor and I remove her stitching and replace it with mine, if the stitching comes loose, then they should not be found at fault in any way.) If there are other problems with the fabric itself or stitching that I have not taken out or disturbed (i.e. if the hems are sewn poorly, or the fabric itself begins to tear), that may be a consideration for the original vendor, but please be aware that in having a sling disassembled (as for redoing the shoulder) the original vendor will likely disclaim all liabilities. (This would also be the case if the sling were bought second-hand, whether it is altered from its original form or not; guarantees/warranties on baby items are rarely transferable unless it is explicitly stated otherwise.) However, I cannot take personal responsibility for tears in the fabric of a sling if it is not a fabric I would recommend; this is particularly true of thin cottons and the like; this is the buyer's own responsibility.
Most slings (including the original, unpadded MayaWraps, TaylorMade, and the majority of other commonly-purchased slings) are easy enough to redo. However, those made of thicker fabrics, or already-slingified wraps (particularly those done with a gathered shoulder) take me a longer time to unpick the original stitching; and Zolowear slings, with their extensive stitching, take even longer to unpick, and the dupioni/brocade slings take much longer to sew as well. I have added an extra charge for these slings, because they take so much more of my time. I am unable to redo Comfy Joey ring slings by taking out the stitching; there are sewn-in pleats in her design where fabric has been cut out to reduce bulk, and I can't incorporate the cuts into my pleats. I can redo them by cutting off the existing stitching, but that will result in a loss of between 6-8" total from the sling length.
Padded MayaWraps, BBSlen-sewn slings and Pslings are more difficult for me to disassemble and count as "lots of stitching". Keep in mind that a padded MW will lose about 15" in length because of the way the shoulder is sewn: the padded part is sewn to the sling part, and when the padded part is removed, the sling ends up shorter. Pslings, on the other hand, can end up as much as 10" longer, because the stitching goes so far beyond the rings, so if you want your Psling to stay the same length, please make a note of that. OTOH, if it's too short as-is, you can request a length of up to 88".
I also have problems with some WAHM/non-brand slings -- some have very, very close stitching or lots and lots of stitching at the rings, and it is nearly impossible to remove the stitching from them. In those cases, I generally need to cut the rings off at the stitching, which means the sling will end up between 3-12" shorter than its original length. If applicable, please send me a picture of your sling's ring end before sending it, if these conditions might apply, and be aware that I may need to shorten the sling.
If you just want the rings on an SBP-pleated shoulder sling replaced (different size or color), there's an option for that. It doesn't take me as long to replace the rings on a sling I sewed myself because I don't need to re-pleat or anything like that. Please use this option ONLY for slings that I sewed, and only if the rings are merely being replaced. If the sling is being re-sewn (switching shoulder styles or hems in/out), please do not use this option.