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Date: 2/19/14 9:09 PM

I've read many patterns that call for a zipper. I always assume if they don't specify what kind of a zipper it is, it's probably a plain one.

I haven't sewn the above mentioned patterns yet, but I've been buying invisible zippers for these patterns. I just like the look of invisible zippers better (even though you can't see them, oh the irony). Do you think this will make a difference in the garment?

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Date: 2/19/14 9:53 PM

I always use an invisible zipper; unless you want a feature zip, it makes no difference.
ETA - unless its on heavy fabric like the fly in denim, then the inviz probably won't handle it and may split. For most garments, its makes no difference
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Date: 2/19/14 9:55 PM

Go right ahead! Unless the pattern calls for specifically an exposed zip (ie, a colored zipper, or a metallic as has been popular in recent years) it makes no difference. The only difference are the directions for inserting it; follow the instructions that come with your invisible zipper rather than those that come with the pattern.

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Date: 2/19/14 9:56 PM

I almost always use an invisible zipper. I wouldn't use one in a fly on a pair of pants but nearly everything else. I am not sure an invisible zipper is as strong as a regular zipper (that might because of the way they are sewn in) but I could be wrong about that.

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Date: 2/20/14 0:20 AM

Yep! just remember to sew in the zip before sewing the seam. Agree with not using an invisible zip on a fly front or heavy fabric.

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Date: 2/20/14 7:38 AM

Another fan of invisible zippers here - except for the previously mentioned reasons or if the seam is on a curve.

Regarding the strength of an invisible zipper, they are commonly used in strapless, tightly fitted wedding and formal gowns. Not sure of the experience of others, but I've not had any problems with them.

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Date: 2/20/14 7:47 AM

For years I only did the centered zipper application but now I almost always use the invisible zipper. You do need an invisible zipper foot. It makes a huge difference in and makes sewing them a snap. Even though I still match the colors, if sewn in correctly they are truly invisible and the only thing you see is the zipper pull which you can color with nail polishonce you use the invisible zipper, you wont go back.

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Date: 2/20/14 9:19 AM

So just to chime in, I had no huge problems inserting invisible zips (and YES it is easier to do before the seam is sewn). I bought an invisible zipper foot months ago and never used it.

I just finished a skirt the other day, used my invisible zipper foot.

Oh. My. Gosh!

I can't believe how easy the insertion was. Now I know why everyone feels invisible zippers are easiest!!!

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Date: 2/20/14 9:39 AM

On the strength of invisible zippers -- I use them all the time in skating and dance costumes. Tight and stretched and never had a problem.

The best $12 I ever spent was on the concealed zipper foot for my Janome -- perfect zippers even when sewing on stretch fabrics (as long as you interface first).

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Date: 2/20/14 9:42 AM

Another tip I was grateful to receive about invisible zippers:

Interface the seam where the zipper will be sewn (both sides, of course). This prevents any rippling.

I use my rotary cutter and ruler and cut a strip of interfacing a little less than an inch wide and a little longer than the zipper to be inserted. Fuse to seam edge before sewing zipper.

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