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Posted on: 12/29/04 7:12 PM
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If you want to use a zipper in a fleece or fur fabric it can be difficult to open and close the zipper because of the hairy fabric.
You can prevent this by covering the zipper teeth with a piece of tape.
It is also great for putting in a zipper in a fur coat, or cushion.
For the example I used a piece of satin bias tape, which was pre folded but I pressed it open and folded it again in half and sewed the covering tape with a loose tension so I can remove that stitching after I have sewed the zipper in the garment. I used a different colour because it is easier to see which tread has to be removed later.
This is not necessary, if you do not want to remove the first stitching use a matching colour thread and a normal tension. You can use any other piece of tape or a strip of folded lining fabric.
I sewed the tape which covers the teeth of the zipper with the zipper tape on top:
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FloraNature said...
What a great tip. I hope I can remember it when I need it!
6/18/06 10:54 AM
MaryBeth said...
Oh Els, this tip is so magnificient. Even though I thought I had read all your tips I guess this one hadn't "sunk in" before , maybe because I just hadn't realized how important it really is since I haven't needed to know (yet). Thanks!
6/13/06 2:50 PM
Mandolin82 said...
Excellent photos - and very handy tip!
1/3/05 10:40 AM
SewVeryTall said...
Great tip and pics, Els!
1/2/05 7:07 AM
AnneM said...
Fantastic idea. I was reading the thread on the message board & saw your great pictures. You are always so helpful.
12/31/04 12:47 PM
mClones said...
I'm about to make a polartec sweatshirt. I'll be needing this tip -thanks!
12/30/04 9:20 AM
Gigi Louis said...
Els, this is a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing it.
12/30/04 8:30 AM
Mary Stiefer said...
I really like this idea. Thanks for the tip.
12/29/04 10:39 PM
 
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