This is another SONP guest post, and it's sort of like my Invisible Zipper post, (found here) not a tutorial, I just hope that it inspires you to branch out (or brush up) on your sewing skills! =)
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After you get past the tutorial & video, you will find photos and notes that I made~ hopefully it makes sense to you, and inspire and not daunt you!
This how-to is really good- maybe more informative than mine!
(This one is good- I never thought of taping the zipper on!) Video 1:
(or watch here)
|Pin the seam closed....|
|...and the easy way to measure the opening, is to lay the zipper so it is even at the top...|
|..and mark where the zipper stop would be. Then machine baste|
from the top down to the mark (extra pins) you made. Change to a regular stitch length,
BACK-TACK and finish sewing the seam all the way to the bottom!
|Iron the seam open...breathe and smile!|
|Whip out your beloved glue-stick, and apply glue to the zipper tape...|
|...line the top edges up, center over the basted seam, and press down with your fingers- rub them up and down if you need to. It's best if you go away for a bit to let the glue bond...you can even let it over night if you like!|
(I experimented on this zipper- I hand basted it as well as used glue)Carefully turn the garment right side out, and slowly and carefully sew from top to bottom....
|...when you get to the end, turn past the zipper stop (if you hit the stop, you'll break a needle), and cross to the other side...|
|...and head back up to the top! (Note: some people like to finish off at the bottom |
and switch the zipper foot to the other side, and come down again, instead of going up)
|It is now time to carefully seam-rip the basting to free the zipper,|
and last but not least, run a zig-zag down each selvage/zipper edge to corral the threads!
|I like to finish/bind/face the neck opening or waist after the zipper is in~|
it looks and feels better that way. =)
|I think that this may have been my best zipper yet!|
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~P.S. I tried an extra deep hem for the first time ever...I think that I like it! =)
(I never did it before, because the thrifty side of me did not want to "waste" the fabric.)
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