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Not a total beginner but newer to 'craft' sewing
I usually make clothes but I've started on smaller projetcs and I'm having a hard time
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Date: 8/8/12 11:33 AM

Specifically if anyone knows the Cupcake Pincushion pattern in Simplicity 2990. I attempted to make it the other night and had so many problems.

When I cut the piece for the base and went to make the tucks in it, it seemed way to small, especially compared to the piece for the top. It also was quite confusing when it said to sew the top to the base by putting the dots together. Well according to the pattern pieces, there were two dots for each of the four corners of the top, and only two dots on the base. I attempted to follow as best as I could but when I went to stuff it, the entire top looks terribly lopsided and awkward. I'm really not sure what I'm doing wrong :(

And on a side note, any tips for putting in invisible zippers?

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Date: 8/8/12 1:15 PM

Having just put in my second invisible zipper I am not qualified to advise the best method, however I did manage to get the thing sewn. I used a regular zipper foot. I tried to use my Bernina zipper foot but could not get the needle colse enough to the coils of the zipper and ended up using my BabyLock machine and zipper foot, which really suprised me as the zipper foot for the BabyLock looks so muct bulkier, but it let me adjust the zipper foot so I was able to get the needle really close to the coils.

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Date: 8/8/12 3:12 PM

my tips for sewing an invisible zipper:

1) you can buy double sided tape (like miniature sellotape) which means you don't have to use pins to attach it to the fabric. Works a treat, as you can reposition easily. The ends of the zip, past the stop, should be ever so slightly splayed out (like an upside down V). Do all of this with the zip open. Take into account where you want the zipper head to finish when positioning.

2) stitch down the middle of the zip on either side first. Zip it all up. Check, have you positioned everything correctly, or has it moved?

3) if all is in order and properly positioned, move needle and zipper foot (I find it easiest to start at the top) and carefully with fingers AWAY from the needle (dont go too fast) as much as possible fold the zipper teeth down flat - so that you can get nice and close.

4) I find it helps to sew slightly diagnally against the teeth, dont worry the needle won't go over the teeth, but it will help it get closer. Think of it like walking right at the edge of the kerb.

5) the bottom of the zip. The bit that bugs me. Grit your teeth moment. Finish the seam below the zip, still using the zipper foot, until you can feel from the bump that you are at the zipper stop.

6) because of the zipper head, you probably couldnt get a nice smooth line close to the teeth all the way to the bottom of the zip, so move the zipper head up, and sew again close to the teeth. The last little bit is not usually quite perfect, but because of the positioning earlier of the upside down V should be hidden in a little fold of fabric.

I do hope this helps!

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Date: 8/8/12 11:54 PM

Thank you both! The tips really helped! I finally understand, and was able to fit the coats and clark foot to my machine, so Oi'm going to try it tonight. My one big worry is that this is going to be attached to lace so I'm thinking I should sew it two or three times to make sure it stays. This is unfortunately my first project working with both lace and tulle

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Subject: Not a total beginner but newer to craft sewing Date: 8/9/12 2:43 PM

Interface the lace with a strip of organza to reinforce the edge. It is good the interface any delicate fabric where a zipper will go. If it wasn't lace I would use a strip of iron on.

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Date: 8/9/12 3:05 PM

Definitely interface if it is a finer fabric or if your fabric is stretchy.

I purchased a concealed zipper foot for my Janome machine and haven't looked back since -- it has made the installation of invisible zippers so much easier.

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