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Inserting Separating Zipper
how to keep bottom/top edges even?
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Date: 12/7/13 6:04 PM

Today I made this vest for my granddaughter. Found a tutorial for how to shorten a separating zipper which worked very well. This was my first time working with a separating zipper, and I somehow managed to sew it so the bottom edges of the vest are about 1/2 inch from each other.
I'm pretty sure someone out there has a foolproof trick of ensuring the edges stay even. Help!
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Date: 12/7/13 6:56 PM

1) Pin the zipper in place with both sides zipped. At the bottom, where the large metal tabs are that stop the zipper from coming off, draw a horizontal line out from each of these, on each side, into your fabric. (a water soluable pen is great for this).
2) Unzip the zipper and stitch the right or left side of the zipper to the fabric, matching the metal tab with the line you just drew.
3) Zip the zipper and match the metal tab for the unsewn side with the mark you made for that side. Stitch that side to the jacket.

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Date: 12/8/13 0:44 AM

I place the metal stopper at the very bottom edge of the fabric, pin one side and sew it. Repeat for the other side. If your stoppers are both at the edge they will line up and you can't go wrong.

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Date: 12/8/13 7:44 AM

I find this happens when the fabric has a nap, because you sew one side with the nap and the other against the nap and one side glides better then the other. Align the stops just like mentioned before, but then hand baste it, then machine stitch.

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Date: 12/8/13 9:14 PM

I've found that the best way to line up a separating zipper is to use wonder tape to hold it in place while I sew. It's quicker and easier than hand-basting, so I'm more likely to actually use it.

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Date: 12/22/13 11:28 AM

WONDER TAPE! You start one side top to bottom, the other side you go from bottom to top. That way if there is movement you equalize it by sewing top to bottom then bottom to top on the other side

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Date: 12/23/13 8:26 AM

Excellent tips! Thank you, thank you!

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Date: 12/23/13 1:28 PM

I sew both sides bottom to top, the same direction on both so one side doesn't shift and make the bottom not line up. I don't baste or tape, just pin them.

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