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Date: 2/4/14 9:51 AM

Can anyone tell me why the zip I just inserted on the back seam of a skirt doesn't lie flat when I tried it on, but instead was puckered and wavy? It looks awful. Help please

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Date: 2/4/14 10:38 AM

The seam may be tilted off the straight grain of the fabric. Take the zipper out and steam the seam allowance back into shape. Then fuse a strip of lightweight interfacing to both sides of the zipper opening, a strip about 1 inch wide on each side will do. Your zipper opening will then be stablized, you can insert the zipper and it should behave.

I can remember the garment I was making when I learned this lesson -- many of us learn these things via the school of hard knocks.

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2012 : starting stash 386, net additions 206, used 164, ending stash 428...I'm never going to get in front of this pile of fabric!

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Date: 2/5/14 1:44 PM

Thanks so much Kathi, will give it a go! I must confess, I really didn't pay any attention to cutting pattern on a straight grain, I got so excited at the lovely fabric that I just pinned it wherever it would fit. Sounds like it may be an expensive lesson learned. I will definitely try the interfacing idea though, thanks once again, really appreciate you taking the time to reply to me

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Date: 2/5/14 5:56 PM

Deb, cutting on the grain is a lesson many of us learn the hard way--that and how to straighten your cloth's grain so you have a straight grain to cut on. "Sewing" is really a misnomer for what it takes--prep before, and pressing during, are key steps to making a garment work! Good luck with the fix.

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Date: 2/6/14 1:27 PM

Thanks for this, I think you're absolutely right, I shall have to learn to be more patient and get the prep sorted properly. Thanks again

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