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serging through a plastic zipper?
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Date: 6/15/11 10:38 AM

I'm making some bags and I'd like to serge all the way around the lining and the zipper (see picture). Can I do that without harming my serger?

Thanks!

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Date: 6/15/11 11:50 AM

I'm assuming you want to have the knife cut off the zipper ends. Personally I wouldn't try it because I'd be concerned about it damaging the blades, or screwing up the timing, or both. Only one way to know for sure, though, and that's to try it.

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Date: 6/15/11 1:06 PM

It will probably damage the knives.
I would try it after cutting off the zipper with an old pair of scissors. Cut it back far enough that it misses the knife and go slow over the zipper part since your needles may not like it.

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Date: 6/15/11 1:28 PM

Thanks Alice and Valerie. I think I'll play it safe then and just sew with my sewing machine and zigzag the edges of the cotton layer. The PUL doesn't need any seam finishes. Can't wait to get home tonight to finish it up.

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Date: 6/15/11 1:43 PM

Sky,

Before the advent of rotary cutters, injuries from broken machine needles flying from the machines held the top spot. You learn these things in the emergency room. Besides preserving your machine's components and timing, I would be very concerned about breaking needles.

I like to be able to get all the way into a bag and would be inclined to do a little bit of serger work (edge finishing) on the area around the zipper before applying the zipper with the end goal of leaving zipper tales so that the bag could be opened all the way.

If you are not concerned with a bigger opening, you'll be a lot less frustrated with your idea of using the sewing machine to shorten the zipper.

Looks like a fun project, Dr. Seuss never goes out of style.

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Date: 6/15/11 3:16 PM

I have seen cosmetic cases made where the zipper is serged off in the "Ready Set Serge" book.

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Date: 6/16/11 9:02 AM

Quote: sky
I'm making some bags and I'd like to serge all the way around the lining and the zipper (see picture). Can I do that without harming my serger?



Thanks!




I've done that - no problem with damaging machine or knife. I suppose it depends on what type of zip you have.
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Date: 6/16/11 9:15 AM

I would be tempted to cut the actual teeth with my (cheap) sissors or exacto knife before starting the serge. And let the serger do the tape and fabric. You'd still get the clean edge you're looking for without fear of damaging the knife.

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Date: 5/6/12 10:08 AM

Being brand new to serging, the idea that this could damage the blades and/or put my eye out never occurred to me! I am attempting to make the cosmetics bag in "Ready Set Serge!" It's my very first project after finally getting the threading and tension right. She specifically says that you are to cut off the NON-METAL teeth with the machine. I came here because the directions are sketchy and I need clarification. Hopefully someone can help me.

I had to stop because she says to put the zipper in the groove on the bottom of the cording foot. My cording foot (Juki) only has a groove on the back half; as I'm sure you know, you lay gimp OVER the front half and down through the groove. Since there is no picture of the zipper being applied, I'm lost. The piping foot has a full-length groove and I wonder if I should use that instead. I would go ahead and try it but I always worry about damaging something. With my luck the zipper teeth would fall down into the mechanism! Some disasters DO occur to me!

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