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Butterick 5649
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Date: 6/30/13 5:57 PM

Hi,

I'm not a beginner sewer and have put in a few zippers, but am really stumped by this one. There are three lines: a stitching line, a foldline (right) and another foldline (left). Maybe it's just a temporary brain fart, but I can't figure out the instructions starting with #3 for view C. "Turn left front extension to inside along foldline, as shown. Press."

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Date: 6/30/13 8:18 PM

It sounds (and looks) to me like the center front seam is not closed when you are sewing in the zipper, which tells me it's the fly variety. The fold line on the left front extension is a little inside of where the actual seamline would be if the garment were closed. There should be a marking for it. Maybe a picture would help?

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Date: 6/30/13 9:04 PM

Is this it?

If it is, then, yes, it is a fly zipper. Follow the instruction one step at a time and take your time.

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Date: 7/1/13 8:22 AM

It does sound confusing when you first look at it After you have pressed the fold, you place one side of the zipper under the fold, facing up and stitch. If the fold is on the left side, you place the right side of the zipper under the fold, keeping the left size of the zipper free. I'm not sure if the instructions on this pattern have you baste the center front seam from the "box" or notch, to the top. I find it easier to install my zipper, if my center front seam is not flopping around, so I always baste the front closed. Once you have installed the zipper, it's easy to pick out the basting. Quite a few folks like the method that Sandra Betzina uses. It's similar to what you are doing. I think there is a video of it somewhere. Maybe someone will chime in and point you in the right direction.

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Date: 7/1/13 9:20 PM

I agree with JTink. Do take a look at Sandra Betzina's video. I put off doing a fly front zipper until a friend pointed me to this video. The zipper came out perfectly first time. And it was easy.

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Date: 7/4/13 5:43 PM

Thanks all. I think that I skipped a step and I found Sandra's video helpful. Next pair of pants? Pull ups!

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