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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Bulging zipper on my upper back? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Bulging zipper on my upper back?
How do I fix this? Help appreciated!
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Date: 9/4/11 7:06 PM

I'm working on NL 6000 view C.
I inserted my second ever invisible zipper (brand new zipper), and somehow the zipper is bulging out at my upper back.
My fabric has stretch WITH the grain.
I wonder if the fabric stretched while I put the zipper in, though the fabric does not appear to be stretched.

I'm thinking of ripping the zipper out, steaming the CB, ironing on interfacing in the SA and then trying reinserting the zipper again, maybe even a regular zip instead of an invisible one?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Date: 9/4/11 10:12 PM

When I sew invisible zippers into fabric with lengthwise stretch, I fuse a narrow piece of interfacing onto both sides of the zipper opening before installing the zipper.

I use this method on skating dresses all the time and haven't had a problem. It provides that little bit of stability that makes it a much easier job.

Hope that helps.

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Date: 9/5/11 6:18 AM

Yeah I feel your pain, happened to me a few times when I was sewing zipper in bias cut skirts. I suggest to ease the fabric under zipper as you sew. Interfacing also works well, but there is a chance that your zip opening is already slightly stretched from this attempt, so I'd do the gathering trick. Good luck!

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Date: 9/5/11 3:38 PM

Can you get your head through the neck opening with the zip closed?

If so, can you move the zip to the side seam? This may make it easier to sort out the extra fabric at the back without also trying to get a zip in at the same time. Then you can start again with a side zip and interfacing or other way of stabilising the fabric there. I always put my zips in the side if I can, as a non-perfect result is far more wearable under my arm than in the middle of my back

Or, if your fabric is sufficiently stretchy, can you ditch the zip completely?

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Date: 9/6/11 8:46 AM

undo the zip almost to the top, and ask somebody to pin it while you are wearing the dress. Sometimes this is the only way out to 'time' the stubborn zip.

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Date: 9/18/11 9:29 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH everyone for your suggestions! I finally finished the dress after 6 zipper attempts! I wound up using the side seam zipper as per whirrclunk! Thanks!!
Here's my blog post if you want to know the details:


and here's the side view now:
New Look 6000 view C done


and here's the front:


New Look 6000 view C done

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Date: 9/19/11 3:14 PM

Love your camera tripod!

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Date: 9/19/11 4:19 PM

Great looking dress now!

I'm making a note of these tips. A very helpful thread.

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