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What to do with many, many zippers
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Date: 5/10/11 10:06 AM

So, a few years ago I tired of running to the store for a zipper for each new project, so when I saw zippers at thrift stores and elsewhere I bought them up. Predictably, I now have many zippers. The other day I came across a bag of 18 nine inch brass Ykk zippers for $2.99, bought those. A major find was a supply of Riri zippers, brown and red, separating, about 23 inches long, probably spent about $10 on about 20-25 of those. Now I am looking for some fun ideas and/or patterns for using them. I've seen broaches made from zippers, not terribly interested in that, but I can imagine a jacket or skirt with some interesting zipper placements. "edgy" is ok. Any ideas? thx

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Date: 5/10/11 10:17 AM

I have a pile of zips too, (most came with SM cabs & yard sale mixes) & am collecting ideas as they come...

One really cute idea I saw was a zipper coiled up to resemble a flower & placed on a hat. I think I have a picture of it; will try to find it.

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Date: 5/10/11 10:29 AM

When I first started sewing, I bought a HUGE lot of zippers from Ebay. Some of them I use in projects, but there's lots of colors I'd never use--I save them for home dec purposes but also for practicing zipper techniques.

I did see this really cool zipper project in Fabric Remix by Sandy Stone a while back. She calls it a zipper tapestry and says how her kids would sit forever zipping and unzipping the zippers. I have half a mind to do something similar as I know my son would love love love it.

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Date: 5/10/11 10:45 AM

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When I first started sewing, I bought a HUGE lot of zippers from Ebay. Some of them I use in projects, but there's lots of colors I'd never use--I save them for home dec purposes but also for practicing zipper techniques.



I did see this really cool zipper project in Fabric Remix by Sandy Stone a while back. She calls it a zipper tapestry and says how her kids would sit forever zipping and unzipping the zippers. I have half a mind to do something similar as I know my son would love love love it.


my gosh, that is very cool! I can see how it would appeal to kids, and it would make a really interesting wall hanging too

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Date: 5/10/11 11:29 AM

It's probably worth trying to resell the Riri's on eBay or etsy. Seriously, do you know what they charge for those at Pacific Trims? I'm so jealous.

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Date: 5/10/11 11:41 AM

There's a local store that sells salvaged freight, usually something that has gotten lost in shopping, or is damaged and is otherwise unsellable. Usually the damage is slight, so if you're willing to put up with a cosmetic problem, the items are otherwise fine. That's where I found the Riris (which weren't damaged at all, but might have been part of a larger shipment), and over the years have gotten many other sewing items there also (a Bernina Activa, for example, $199, a viking scandinavia also). If you have can locate a similar store in your area, call and see if they have fabric or sewing supplies. Warning, though, such places can become quite addictive...

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Date: 5/10/11 12:56 PM

Zippers don't take much space nor do they rot over time. The colors you think you would never use may become usable in the future.

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Date: 5/10/11 1:13 PM

I saw an interesting zipper placement on a sweater the other day. The sweater looked like a cardigan, open part way with an inset to look like a cami underneath. The zipper was inserted like usual but went all the way to the shoulder seam so it looked like a trim on the edge of the cardigan. One of your brown and red Riri zips wuld work really well in this application with the cardigan fabric in one color and the inset in the other.

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Date: 5/10/11 1:14 PM

I saw an interesting zipper placement on a sweater the other day. The sweater looked like a cardigan, open part way with an inset to look like a cami underneath. The zipper was inserted like usual but went all the way to the shoulder seam so it looked like a trim on the edge of the cardigan. One of your brown and red Riri zips wuld work really well in this application with the cardigan fabric in one color and the inset in the other.

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Date: 5/10/11 1:19 PM

Wendy, thanks, that sounds quite interesting.....

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