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An actual concealed zipper foot...
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Date: 7/4/13 3:20 AM

When I bought my machine, it came with a giant bag of presser feet and it seemed like every type you could possibly ever want or use.

The regular zipper and "narrow" zipper foot came with it but not an invisible zipper foot.

They look a lot alike at a glance, even in the manual and accessory book that came with my Kenmore. So I thought I was using the only option I had, and technically I was.
All this time I have been using a narrow zipper foot on all my invisible zippers and I felt real frustration that that metal toe wouldn't let me get any closer to the zipper teeth while the coils were riding in the groove. Which is the whole point that you can get close to the teeth and yet feed consistently with that groove.

So, then it suddenly hit me when I was looking at feet online that I didn't have a concealed zipper foot at all.

At the top of the page in my accessory book it showed the concealed zip foot with a description and photo and stated: for horizontal machines.

OK. I thought, that will work fine. So, I order it but when it gets here it doesn't fit my machine. Why because mine is a horizontal embroidery machine....

Big disappointment. Well, I ordered a couple different types from Amazon for low shank machines and found one that with an adaptor will work on my Singer 201-2 and it was what I used today to install an invisible zip.

It was so easy-----soooo easy. The result was very pleasing. I am geeking out about it really :-)

I know a lot of people install invisible zips by choice with all kinds of different feet. I have seen many videos or whatnot, so I know it wasn't wrong or bad or terrible that I wasn't using that foot. It kind of bugs me that there isn't one for my machine.

My regular workhorse machine that truth be told I love and adore is a Kenmore 19010 ergo3. I didn't know what I was doing when I saw this machine and bought it.

It was the first machine I ever bought for myself and I was dazzled by the ergonomics and that it was designed by an anthropologist and an architect and an ergonomic specialist. It could embroider etc...
Since then I have bought and acquired many machines that I love, but this is still the main go to for general sewing.

I wish there was a concealed zipper foot that goes with this machine.
As I mentioned, the one in the manual/accessory book is not for the embroidery model and fits nothing that I own. The others I have are low shank.
If anyone knows where I can find one or if there is one please let me know?

My main point is that the invisible zip foot sure makes that job super easy, and it's something I have done dozens of time with a foot designed for a different purpose. I am all excited about it and at least I can use my 201-2 for this when I need to...

This is advertised for my machine - doesn't fit it.

zipper foot

It says this:
The zipper presser foot is universal and is compatible with horizontal and vertical sewing machines. They fit any Kenmore sewing machine. For creating an elegant look with a hidden zipper

It absolutely does NOT fit mine...
-- Edited on 7/4/13 3:26 AM --

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Date: 7/4/13 4:15 AM

Given that Kenmores are Janomes in disguise, would this one fit?

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Date: 7/4/13 9:31 AM

What if you bought an ankle that allows snap on feet and got a snap on one? There are kits on ebay for cheap that include a few ankles to perfect fit and several useful presser feet. This is what I did for my 1962 Elna Deluxe

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Date: 7/4/13 9:45 AM

Sorry I don't have any solutions for you but I wish you good luck in finding something that will work.

I will say that the concealed zipper foot for my Janomes (the DC3050 and MC7000) is one of my most used and favourite feet -- it has made a huge difference in installing invisible zippers and even works great on installing those zippers into stretch fabrics for skating and dance costumes (as long as you stabilize the seam allowances).

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Date: 7/4/13 10:35 AM

Congrats on finding an invisible zipper foot...I completely understand your excitement! You're probably looking for patterns you can install invisible zippers in, right?! LOL

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Date: 7/4/13 11:10 AM

Does anyone still use these?

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Date: 7/4/13 12:21 PM

I just bought an actual invisible zipper foot for my Elna 7200 and love it. Can't believe I wasted so much time over the years using my conventional zipper foot!

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Date: 7/4/13 12:43 PM

that's is the exact one I have been using all these years :-) It doesn't let me get close enough though, to the zipper teeth...

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Date: 7/4/13 12:45 PM

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What if you bought an ankle that allows snap on feet and got a snap on one? There are kits on ebay for cheap that include a few ankles to perfect fit and several useful presser feet. This is what I did for my 1962 Elna Deluxe

I could but I am wondering if the feeddog teeth don't match the bottom of a foot exactly, will it ruin your machine?
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Date: 7/4/13 12:50 PM

To others who posted. thanks and yes I am thrilled!
PattiAnnJ that was the first little thing I tried while waiting for the ones I ordered to arrive in the mail. It doesn't fit mine. The distance from the screw to the base is wrong and what seems to hang up even one that advertises it is for all Kenmores. It seems the embroidery feature has changed the height of where the screw is in the bar compared to other machines... I tried every which way to get it to work...

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