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Installing a separating zipper in a jacket
I cannot understand the directions.
Elaine Dougan
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Date: 10/9/09 5:49 PM

I have been making a jean jacket and have had many problems; most of my own making. Now I am at the stage of putting in a separating zipper, which I have never done before, and I do not understand the directions. I cannot figure out what is meant by steps c)iii and c)iv.
Here are the directions: (The captions are wrong,but look at both, please)
first part of directions

first part
-- Edited on 10/9/09 5:57 PM -- first part of directions bigger image perhaps
-- Edited on 10/9/09 6:16 PM --

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Date: 10/9/09 8:33 PM

Elaine, I am hazarding a guess that you are to baste the zipper in, and then attach the facings over the zipper. Does that sound right?

iii) attach facing and band to one another
iv) attach that unit to the jacket front, encasing the tape of the zipper.
-- Edited on 10/9/09 8:35 PM --

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Date: 10/9/09 8:48 PM

If youo have completed steps a) and b), your zip should be basted in place.

Step c) is about attaching the facings - and finalising the zip.

c)iii - you are attaching the bottom edge of the facing to the back part (the bit that will fold up) of the waistband. The facing at this stage will be hanging down, away from the jacket, pointing towards the ground.

c)iv - fold the foldline on the waistband towards the outside (the opposite of what it will end up being) (ie right-sides together). Sew it to the front (ie up the centre, along the zip basting.).

Once you sew it, you fold it all to the inside the way it should be. If you have done it all properly, the zip teeth should now be sticking out between the front of the jacket and the facing - the zip tape is enclosed in the seam.

I hope this is some help!
-- Edited on 10/9/09 8:51 PM --

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Date: 10/10/09 10:08 AM

Thank you both for your reply. I understand how to install the zipper now. I could not get my head around where to attach the facing to the band. I kept trying to figure out how to attach it to the opening edges of the band and jacket instead of the bottom of the band. If the directions had included the words " raw edge at the bottom of the lower band" it might have been clearer to me. Thank you again for your help.
My only problem now is that my zipper is a bit too long. I shortened the upper chest on the jacket and forgot that would affect the zipper. I may have to add to the band or get another zipper. I don't know how to shorten this kind of zipper. I think it can be done, but it is a difficult process involving pliers and other nasty things!

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