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Lawless
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Date: 9/3/12 11:27 AM

Hi all. I'm new here, and pretty new to sewing. I just got the Colette sewing book, and I'm planning to make the Meringue skirt. I've made a skirt before, and I've installed centered zippers a few times, but never an invisible zipper. I don't have the invisible zipper foot for my machine, and after reading several tutorials I'm a little intimidated by the whole thing. I thought I could just sew this with a centered zipper instead, and I'd consider sewing it by hand to make sure it is neat and tidy. Any thoughts?

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Date: 9/3/12 12:56 PM

Really you might want a regular zipper anyway because if it is a tight fitting skirt an invisible might come apart. Is this a side zip? If it is, I would use a lapped zipper which is almost the same as a centered zipper. If it is in the back, your centered zip would work fine. Invisible zips are really easy-I think in general easier than a regular zipper but they are not always the best choice. Do get an invisible zipper foot-eventually you will want to try it and the foot really makes it easy.
I almost always hand baste a zipper in-it can slip and slide in the machine and then you have one side off. If you want to hand sew it, do so. You want to use a strong stitch though.

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Date: 9/8/12 10:23 AM

thanks! This is a side zip, so I'll practice putting in a lapped zipper on some scraps and do that instead of the invisible zipper.

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Date: 9/10/12 7:05 PM

I understand why you're intimidated by invisible zippers - I was too. Eventually, you'll want to try them, but I think using a regular zipper is just fine. Lapped is probably better for the side seam, but a centered one is so easy! You could use a contrast one as a design feature, for fun.

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Date: 9/10/12 7:27 PM

Quote: Lawless
thanks! This is a side zip, so I'll practice putting in a lapped zipper on some scraps and do that instead of the invisible zipper.

I would recommend practicing the invisible zipper as well.

I have an old set of the Coats & Clark generic invisible zipper feet with different configurations as needed for almost any brand of sewing machine.

Recently I needed to alter a dress with an invisible zipper. Could not find mine, so I resorted to looking on the Internet for a solution. Found this tutorial for using a regular zipper foot with an invisible zipper.

After the project was finished, guess what I found in a stash of assorted zippers! :rolleyes:

-- Edited on 9/10/12 7:44 PM --

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Date: 9/10/12 8:00 PM

The Coats and Clark Invisible Zipper foot is still available -- I found it for sale on various online vendors: Sewing 4 Stuff, Fashion Fabrics Club, and I'm sure there are more vendors. If you are shopping in a brick and mortar store, you might also find this notion on the notions wall, although next to the C&C zippers does seem logical, too.

Other links of interest:
How to install the C&C invisible zipper foot.
How to use the C&C invisible zipper foot, Sewing.org.
Sew Serendipity blog invisible zipper tutorial, regular zipper foot.

I finally broke down and got a Pfaff invisible zipper foot for my Pfaff sewing machines. More expensive than the C&C model, but it snaps right on and works perfectly with my machines.

CMC

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Date: 9/10/12 8:02 PM

You are welcome. Let us know how it goes!

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