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Tip Tuesday: Invisible zippers & matching seamsBy AlexisW on 4/29/14 12:35 PM

Match Horizontal Seams across an Invisible Zipper

- by Jewelia14

When I made Simplicity 2253 for my sister's wedding, I had to line up all of the seams from front to back across the side zipper.

I'll admit that the first attempt was a big fat fail. Horizontal seams were stair stepping down the zipper. Not attractive.

Second attempt was much more successful. So, here's my tip on how to line up horizontal seams across an invisible zipper.

1) Sew the first side of your zipper to the dress, having the zipper open and leaving the other side free.

2) Close the zipper and, using pins, mark the seams that you need to match. Insert the pins horizontally in the tape on the unsewn side of the zipper.

3) Unzip the zipper, and pin the unsewn side to the dress, starting at each of the seams.

4) Baste the zipper in place and stitch. When you close up the zipper, all of your seams should match.

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Rhoda K said... (9/9/14 8:00 AM) Reply
Great tip and a gorgeous dress. Love the color.
Shear Ling said... (6/22/14 10:06 AM) Reply
Wonderful tip! Problem solved! Thanks much and your dress is stunning!
dientedulce said... (5/11/14 5:09 PM) Reply
Awesome job! It looks lovely on you.
portercs said... (5/8/14 6:21 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for the tip! I recently had a problem with this and will try your technique the next time.
fast skier sews said... (5/8/14 3:37 PM) Reply
What a beautiful dress! I love the detailed bodice and how you solved matching the seams.
Ashford said... (5/8/14 1:24 PM) Reply
A gorgeous dress on you and a good example of well done fitting and sewing. Your results and your tip will encourage me to not pass up the more intricate patterns. Thank you for posting.
VsNonna said... (5/8/14 12:44 PM) Reply
Absolutely beautiful - great job!
Sew Good said... (5/6/14 1:06 AM) Reply
Exquisite dress! Wow
AuntieShel said... (5/5/14 11:42 PM) Reply
Gorgeous dress!!! Thanks for the great tip!
arianamaniacs said... (5/4/14 4:10 AM) Reply
I always did it by marking the seams with chalk, but the pins would be more accurate of a line I bet. Thanks for the tip!
norie creates said... (5/2/14 1:04 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Thanks
cathydavison said... (5/1/14 8:08 PM) Reply
What a great idea
Klunky said... (5/1/14 3:49 PM) Reply
Love the fabric, color and style. Oh to be young and able to wear that dress! (I'm an old saggy baggy granny!)
slpteacher21 said... (4/30/14 5:52 PM) Reply
Great job! I admire your perseverance in getting a professional look. It's a beautiful dress!
Batik said... (4/30/14 1:23 PM) Reply
Amazing dress! And will keep this great tip in mind.
Deepika said... (4/30/14 11:12 AM) Reply
Thanks for this. I used your tip this morning when matching side seams of a peplum top!
Nancy Rhodes said... (4/30/14 8:23 AM) Reply
Really pretty dress with stunning details!
Craftymom217 said... (4/30/14 7:39 AM) Reply
VERY well done! I love invisible zippers and this is a perfect example of how easy they are to put in! Again, great job!
Quickie said... (4/30/14 3:57 AM) Reply
Great tip on stunning dress
Jewelia14 said... (4/29/14 10:06 PM) Reply
Thanks for featuring my tip!

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