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Date: 9/12/08 12:06 PM

I am making a fleece sleeping bag . The directions call for a 1oo inch separating zipper. The pattern also sugggests using wonder tape to baste the zipper down. This is supposed to be a very quick project, but I am hesitating because I have not sewn such a long zipper in fleece and am wondering about the stretching and shifting. I would like each side of the zipper to begin and end in the same place. Any help or tips from those who have done this, or sewn with fleece.
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Date: 9/12/08 12:24 PM

Definitely use the wonder tape! I have some but keep forgetting to use it. I made a fleece sweathshirt that not only ended up all wavy at the zipper, but I also ended up 2 inches short though the zipper was the correct length. It just distorts too much. Use it in everything you sew a zipper to. When I had a zipper replaced in DH's Harley chaps, the leather gal used the wonder tape to keep the zipper in place before sewing it on.

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Date: 9/12/08 1:18 PM

Jacqui, Thanks for the response. Will the wonder tape be strong enough to keep things lined up. I am making this for someone else and want it to look good.

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Date: 9/12/08 1:43 PM

I just put a 28 inch separating zipper into a fleece jacket a few days ago, and I pinned it into place. I just needed to make sure they lined up at the stops, and the edge was lined up, becauase you fold the zipper back on itself and topstitch to show the teeth from the front. I did poke myself a few times over and swore not to make the jacket again, but I have 4 boys and I jacket, and they all loved it.

For a longer zipper project the tape does seem like a good idea.

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Date: 9/12/08 10:20 PM

Joan W, I just used Wonder tape to hold knit binding on a bamboo fleece baby blanket and it held very well. In fact, it was necessary to be very careful folding the edges together because it 'grabbed' the fleece and there was no 're-do'.

The bamboo fleece had some stretch and rounded corners to bind and it came out like a dream! This was the longest length I had ever done with Wonder Tape and I'm a true convert now! I think you will be very pleased.

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Date: 9/13/08 7:39 AM

I swear by Wondertape for zippers, especially for zipper applications in fleece. In fact, is is highly recommended for fleece to prevent the "wavey" rollercoaster effect, or at least greatly minimize it. It prevents the stretching of fleece and keeping the fabric to a 1:1 ratio when stitching. Make sure you use a longer stitch length, though, as that is recommended too--about 3.0 or 3.5. My machine's default is 2.2.

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Date: 9/13/08 5:59 PM

Zipper update! I took courage and sewed the zipper in today. The wondertape worked great and the zipper sewed in beautifully. Thanks for your comments and tips.

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Date: 9/13/08 8:55 PM

Sorry people, what is wondertape? Need to put a zip in today, no shops open, what does it look and feel like
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Date: 9/13/08 10:08 PM

It's a wash away basting tape. Click here.

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Date: 9/14/08 4:51 PM

Wonderful!

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