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Posted on: 8/1/10 3:00 PM
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This is so simple I hope I don't offend anyone by posting it.

If you're having trouble sewing close enough to the zipper pull, move it down a few inches so it's out of your way. Sew until you get near the zipper pull, stopping with your needle in the fabric. Lift your presser foot then slide the zipper pull back up to the top. It helps to stop before you get too close to the pull. Now lower your presser foot and finish sewing and it won't be in the way! This is kind of a no-brainer, and won't work in all situations (sometimes it's just too hard to maneuver the pull), but I tend to overlook the simple solutions sometimes.

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Adaire said... (8/10/13 5:43 PM) Reply
I wish more people would add tips like this. I learned this one in a class 40 years ago but there are so many brand new sewists starting out now and so often what seems obvious to us is not to them.
cstarks said... (10/29/10 9:45 PM) Reply
It does seem like that would go without saying, but just today I struggled to stitch a straight line next to my zipper pull. Thanks for pointing this out!
Hilary said... (9/17/10 5:54 PM) Reply
This works wonderfully~this is how I get a nice straight seam around zippers, too! Well most of the time anyway :p
M.S. said... (9/9/10 12:54 PM) Reply
It took me years to figure that one out! I bet you caught on a lot faster than I did, and thanks to your post, others will know it, too.
monijo said... (8/6/10 11:51 AM) Reply
I hope to be home for Christmas and need secure pockets for travel. I added zippered pockets to several items of clothing (Travel Gear and Gifts to Make, Mary using this technique. In no way is this a brainless idea. It is very nice of you to point this out.
vasallese said... (8/4/10 9:47 AM) Reply
Sometimes the we need reminding of the simplest solutions. Thanks.
nancy2001 said... (8/2/10 9:35 AM) Reply
Great tip -- it's the way I handle zipper pulls. By the way, if you rotate the garment with the presser foot up and the needle down, you will be able to maneuver the pull in just about any situation.
anika said... (8/2/10 7:41 AM) Reply
Thank you for posting this. I just put in my first zipper last night and ran into this very problem. I did wonder about moving the pull out of the way but wasn't able to maneuver it. At any rate, I'm glad to know I was thinking in the right direction!
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