It’s important to us that our customers receive the highest quality items and so we carefully quality check and pack each product individually.
Small imperfections are inevitable in the weaving process and, as we believe in generating little to no waste, we carefully grade each item and offer a range of woven seconds.
Rest assured, all of our second or third-grade slings are perfectly safe to carry your baby.
A grade two item will have a few flaws which are only apparent when looking carefully for them. We have a few examples of common weaving flaws below:
This could be one or two missing threads on your sling or scarf. A missing thread will be either along the full length or breadth of the fabric piece and are usually only visible when holding the fabric up to the light. Often these tighten up on washing, making them even less visible than they were at the time of purchase.
Sometimes when the fabric is being woven, the loom will skip a stitch which results in a slightly longer thread, as shown above. When there are many skipping threads in one area or many throughout the wrap, this will be classed as a second grade. As it can be deemed as a normal result of jacquard woven fabric, a few skipping threads are considered acceptable in a first grade wrap.
Less common, second grade flaws:
If a woven wrap ends up being a little short than it’s intended size (approx 10cm or more after washing), this will be classed as a second grade item. Sometimes wraps may end up a little narrower than our average (59-70cm) these may also be classed as a second grade item.
Sometimes a wrap can have many shifting threads, this is where the threads move apart a little and can often be fixed easily by nudging them back in place followed with a wash. This isn’t normally considered a flaw. Wraps with a more open weave are prone to this and should be stated on the product listing page. If you wash these wraps before first use, it will tighten the weave and minimise the issue. You can follow these instructions to learn how to resolve shifting threads:
To tighten the weave, use a needle to nudge the threads together, then put the wrap through a wash. After the wash tumble dry on a low heat (except wool blends) or leave to dry naturally. When the wrap is almost dry, but still damp, nudge the threads together again. As the wrap finishes drying, the threads should settle back to their original position.
However, if the thread shifting is deemed to be of an abnormal level, this will be marked as a second grade item.
Very occasionally there can be a colour imperfection or a small stain on a product, depending on how noticeable this is, it will either be marked as a second or third grade item.
Our grade three products have flaws which, whilst not compromising on the safety or integrity of the wrap, will be somewhat more noticeable.
Below/above are a few examples of grade 3 flaws.
You can visit our blog post to check if your imperfection is a normal characteristic of jacquard woven fabric or not.
Our Woven Second range offers an opportunity for customers to purchase items at a reduced price, whilst helping us to reach our environmental goal to limit waste. If you’d like to shop our Woven Seconds, you can see the current range here.
If for any reason you would like to retunr your Woven Second item, it is covered by our 7day return policy: See our Shipping & Returns information.
Oscha Scrap Packs
We take our environmental goal one step further by carefully sorting through our cutoffs to make small, medium or large scrap packs for purchase. These highly sought after goody bags full of surprises are perfect for crafting. They are normally listed on our website on Friday afternoons (BST) as part of our Secret Stash Friday celebration, you can find more information on our Facebook page every Thursday.
If you come across an imperfection such as a small pull or shifting threads, both of which are common when using woven wraps, you can learn how to fix these with our How To Guides on our YouTube channel.
If you have any concerns about your woven wrap you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.