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Date: 10/8/13 12:00 PM

Could someone please help me? I have been brushing up my skills and techniques, starting with such things as zippers, pockets, etc. I am attempting to put in an invisible zipper. I follow the directions carefully and consistently end up with the zipper in backwards! Cam anyone direct me to a good video that I could follow? I place my zipper right side down on the right side of the fabric, i iron out the coils, and it turns out that the zipper ends up on the wrong side of the garment. The crazy thing is...is that I put them in before and just forgot how to, again. No matter what I do, it always comes out with the zipper facing the inside of the garment. Right side to right side? Right?[QUOTE]The ultimate choice for a man in as much as he is given to transcend himself is to create or destroy. to love or to have...Eric Fromm

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Date: 10/8/13 12:05 PM

I learned a simple trick. Right to right, raw to raw.

Basically, you line up the right sides of the zipper tape with the right side of the fabric and match the raw(cut edge of fabric) to raw(outside edge of zipper tape).

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Date: 10/8/13 12:09 PM

I just searched on you tube invisible zipper and got a lot of videos. You may want to check that out. You tube is great for a lot of things. Sometimes crazy things you would never guess would be on there. Good luck.

Forgot to say there was one video where the lady speaks about sewing a basting stitch at the 5/8 inch mark for lining up the zipper to. Why I haven't done that before I don't know. Seems so easy instead of marking with a chalk pencil that fades. Can't remember which one that was now.

Definitely helps "seeing" it in video.
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Date: 10/8/13 12:11 PM

That's a handy thing to remember, because it is so visual. I need that for sewing! Even though I have put in a few invisible zippers, I still have to look at my favorite article in Threads magazine, and stand and stare and visualize it! I don't know why, but maybe it just seems so counter intuitive the way an invisible zipper goes into a garment.
Anyway, thanks for the right to right, raw to raw. I might have to write that on a card and post it on my wall in my sewing room!

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Date: 10/8/13 12:16 PM

It is usually that little "flip" at the very bottom of the zipper that will trick you up. Because of the way you sew it, you may have to tuck around the bottom portion of the zipper to the proper side.
Try to baste one in first by hand to figure out what is going on.

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Date: 10/8/13 12:27 PM

So true about the little flip at the bottom. I forgot about that.

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Date: 10/8/13 12:37 PM

I used the Colette tutorial when I was trying to wrap my head around invisible zips.

Colette Invisible Zip tutorial

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Date: 10/8/13 12:47 PM

The flip is definitely the tricky part. Also, I read at some point NOT to sew the seam before inserting an invisible zip. This helped me tremendously. I sew the zipper with two "loose" pieces of fabric and for whatever reason, it goes in easier.

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Date: 10/8/13 2:07 PM

Thank you everyone for your help. I will visit what you suggested....thanks again.
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Date: 10/8/13 2:41 PM

I'm glad you got such help pieraci2 but now I have a puzzlement... what's the 'flip' at the bottom that's mentioned???
I've put in a few invisibles (usually while watching or reading a tutorial) but I can't see this flip in my memory of doing them
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