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I don't know why I was so afraid of installing a zipper!
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Date: 4/19/12 10:49 PM

I have avoided installing a zipper. I was terrified of it actually. I've had a skirt pattern sitting in my sewing room for 6 months. When I boughIt the pattern, I did not realize it required a zipper. Now that I am no longer afraid of zippers, I may attempt to make that skirt this weekend.

The funny thing is, I have been installing elastic on skating dresses for over 2 years. Elastic is SO much harder to install then a zipper! I need to practice a bit more before doing it on a skirt, but I am no longer afraid to do it!

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Date: 4/19/12 11:05 PM

Good for you!I know how you feel. But then you learn and it isn't hard at all. Zippers are easier than making 4 or 6 buttonholes and sewing on all those buttons anyway. ;)

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Date: 4/19/12 11:22 PM

Funny thing is, I haven't attempted a button hole either!! Snaps and Velcro and now a zipper. Buttons don't scare me, I just haven't ever made a button hole. LOL! I just haven't had a reason to install one!

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Date: 4/19/12 11:27 PM

I'm living proof that it does easier. My first zipper took an hour, the second 20 minutes; now I can apply them very quickly. Yes they are easier than buttonholes, but try them as eventually you will run into a needed buttonhole, and not just for buttons, but also as an opening for a cord to go through in p-j's as an example.

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Date: 4/20/12 1:23 AM

Oddly enough, it took me maybe 15 minutes to install the zipper! It is not perfect, but it is in. It is my practice fabric, but I was so darn proud of myself!

Button holes are another thing I want to practice. Piping is the other one. I used to be afraid of sewing on trim. However, when my daughter skated to "Colors of the Wind" I made her a Pocahontas style skating dress and used turquoise ric rac to trim the fringe. I am no longer afraid of adding trim!

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Date: 4/20/12 3:31 AM

The excitement is coming through in your post! Good for you.

I'm still afraid of welt pockets, but some day....

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Date: 4/20/12 8:42 AM

Invisible zippers are even easier!

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Date: 4/20/12 9:15 AM

Now you have POWER!



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Date: 4/20/12 12:25 PM

Good for you! The ceiling is no longer a limit!

I do not suffer from the fear of sewing techniques, I just read, watch and test until I am happy. However, I have to share a Janet Pray (Islander Method) demo for a slot zipper that I just watched on It's Sew Easy.

I was going to post the site for instructions, but found neither the PDF nor the Island Method book include a few points I thought important.

What was missing? Interfacing the seam where the zipper will be sewn and markings for the stops.

The demo began with placing a mark 1/8" below the waistband seam line for the top zipper stop and at the bottom zipper stop.

Then she placed iron-on tricot interfacing (3/4") on the seam allowance from the top to the bottom of where the zipper would be placed; stitched the seam allowance from the bottom stop marking to the hem.

Pressed the seam open from the hem to the waist although from the bottom mark to the waistband there was no stitching or basing.

She then chalk marked 1/4" - 3/8" from the waist down to the bottom mark, across and back up to the waist.

Then she placed the open zipper with the teeth just inside the fold of the "seam" and top stitched as she held everything together with her fingers - definitely the Islander Method - no basting, no pins.

My ramblings do not do this demo justice. If you get a chance to watch, it was on It's Sew Easy, program 103. It is worth recording and watching once or twice!

They claim to add a "new" video to watch online each Friday. Check out the video or check TV listings if interested here.



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Date: 4/20/12 1:26 PM

Vicsguy, invisible zippers are easy? Can you recommend an online tutorial?

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