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DebbieS1124
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Date: 8/11/13 11:55 AM

Hi, I'm wondering if someone could give me some advice. I make & sell pillow covers, but have a fabrication issue I haven't really been able to solve. I use invisible zipper closures in the bottom, and I pin, pin, pin! to keep the zipper straight. My front & back panels are perfectly matched when I cut them out, but it seems I always get at least a small amount of "shift" somehow when I sew the zipper in, and then the prints don't match up *perfectly* as I'd like them to on the sides. It's usually not off by much, but I feel it makes my work look slightly unprofessional. Any suggestions?

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Date: 8/11/13 3:44 PM

You could try using a basting tape rather than the pins.

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Date: 8/12/13 6:39 AM

Could you put the zipper in first before you sew the front to back?

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Date: 8/12/13 7:38 AM

I suggest Wonder Tape for inserting zippers. It holds the zipper exactly where you want it and does not gum up your needle

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Date: 8/12/13 9:14 AM

I have exactly the same problem and recently came across this tutorial. I plan on trying it on my next pillow.
Invisible zipper in a basted seam

For some reason that direct link didn't work. On the right hand side in the middle click on #16, An invisible zipper my way.
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Date: 8/18/13 11:59 AM

I tried the basting tape/Wonder Tape & it's perfect! What I did was go ahead and iron in the seam allowance on the zipper end and then stick down the zipper where it needed to go with the tape before I sewed it in. There was absolutely no shifting and my pattern stayed perfectly aligned.

Thanks for the tips!

Debbie

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