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Posted on: 8/22/08 9:35 PM
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I thought I'd put a little tutorial together on the method I use for mock-fly zippers (pants fronts). I can't remember if I took this idea from someone else (like Sandra Betzina or who knows who), or if I just kind of came up with it on my own over the years, or if I've morphed it from someone else's starting point or what. At any rate, it's the method I always use, and it seems to give pretty good results.

I added it to my Flickr page, so just click on the little camera icon above, and it'll take you there. Once you get to Flickr, click on the first little thumbnail, and you can start going through the process from there. The descriptions are below the pictures, as you work your way through.

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DKG said... (7/10/10 2:41 AM) Reply
Wow! THank you for the blow by blow detail. I am about to try my first fly zip on a pair of trousers, having avoided them for decades! This looks much neater and, well, hugely easier than the instructions in the sewing pattern. And with the same end result. Who wouldn't use a mock fly instead. Thanks Annette.
carolrv said... (6/28/10 6:56 AM) Reply
Thanks for a great tutorial. I likw the tip about the pinked edge of the interfacing also.
Jeannie14 said... (5/7/09 7:39 PM) Reply
I love this tip!!!Ive always hated to put a zipper in....this sure looks a lot easier thankyou
merlette said... (2/15/09 10:36 PM) Reply
wow! I kept thinking "i don't see how this is going to work...I just don't see it, but I trust her..." and then poof there it is and it all makes sense! Thank you so much for posting this!
fishfish said... (9/11/08 7:36 PM) Reply
the tutorial is awesome, step by step with clearly pictures, every easy to follow. thank you so much for sharing with us. looking forward to your next tutorial. keep up the good work!!
TexasPat said... (8/30/08 0:04 AM) Reply
Excellent examples through pictures. This is very similar to Betzina's technique, but you've got more detailed pictures. Thanks.
Renee' S said... (8/29/08 9:04 PM) Reply
Annette, Thank you for an excellent tutorial. I especially like the sharp stitching line across the bottom of the zipper, it looks so neat and crisp.
Heatherrique said... (8/26/08 9:22 PM) Reply
Annette, thank you VERY much for sharing! Your great photos and detailed instructions will be a great help!!!!!!!
lilyofthevalley said... (8/26/08 3:10 AM) Reply
Annette: superb technique, producing a pristine effect. Very professional. Your tutorial is flawless with photo, each complete with instructions. Thanks so much for sharing this. -Lily
SewGoingCrazy said... (8/25/08 2:01 PM) Reply
Pleas explain the diffeence between a mock fly zipper and a reg. zipper? Thsnk you, I think I'm having a "duh" moment
leanmeansewingmachine said... (8/23/08 6:56 PM) Reply
Great tutorial, I'll be coming back to this one!
Sewnla said... (8/23/08 11:06 AM) Reply
Annette what a great technique, thank you for sharing it with us with such wonderful pictures. It helps people like me who are visual learners!
Flying Seamstress said... (8/23/08 7:11 AM) Reply
Very nice tutorial ~ Good photos and explanations!
ajax said... (8/23/08 3:58 AM) Reply
Annette1, Thanks so much for this very clearly illustrated and explained application method. I have saved it and will certainly use it next time I sew a pattern with this type of fly.
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