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Posted on: 6/3/06 5:21 PM
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I am a great fan of invisible zips and use the plastic foot to insert them. There was only one problem and that is often after inserting the zip there was a little fold at the end of the zip where the seam and the zip come together. This problem is easily solved if one inserts the zip before sewing up the seam.

Just to clarify this a bit. If for example you are using the zip at the back of a skirt insert the zip and then sew up the back seam, it works like a charm.

The special invisible zipper foot also doubles as an ordinary zipper foot? The plastic base slides over to either to side and allows one to sew right next to a bulky seam. You don't need to adjust the needle position at all.

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Braemar said... (2/21/08 3:44 AM) Reply
I love these concealed zippers, and find them easier than ordinary zippers to put in! I also do what Gorgeous Things describes above! Mary Anne
Schnauzer said... (12/13/06 10:05 PM) Reply
Thanks for this tip. I have unpicked an invisible zip three times this afternoon because of that horrid little fold that keeps appearing. I'm off to unpick the seam now and start again!
Rosiemdosie said... (8/22/06 12:49 PM) Reply
A useful tip I will try. Thank you.
vasallese said... (6/5/06 11:08 AM) Reply
I keep insisting I will put in an invisible zipper sometime. These hints hopefully will make it go easier. Thanks.
regine said... (6/4/06 3:32 PM) Reply
Did you know that the special invisible zipper foot also doubles as an ordinary zipper foot? The plastic base slides over to either to side and allows one to sew right next to a bulky seam. You don't need to adjust the needle position at all.
Vonnevo said... (6/4/06 5:19 AM) Reply
Agree too Regine. I also use the same needle position and zipper foot technique that Ann describes above.
GorgeousFabrics said... (6/3/06 6:03 PM) Reply
I agree completely Regine. It also helps if you have a zipper foot and an adjustable needle position on your machine. I move the needle to the outermost position of the foot, and sew the seam up. The needle then comes right up to the line of stitching for the zipper. -Ann
 
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