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The Baby Lock BL9- zipper issues!
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Jennifer shaw
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Date: 10/20/13 9:38 PM

Hi there I am using a loaner machine for a class. I am rather mystified with how to sew a zip with this machine. Evidently, there is a D foot which is great for the right side of the zip. What is incredibly weird is I have no idea how I am to sew the left side of the zip. Hopefully some dear wonderful sew-ist can help me out with this. Thanks!!

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Date: 10/21/13 2:56 AM

I have a BL9, but I use a generic zipper foot. I find it more flexible than the Babylock foot.

I created a short video here to show it to you how mine works:

Link to the Video

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Date: 10/21/13 5:47 AM

I just sent you a PM after reading your comment on my BL9 review. Now I am understanding, I think!
The generic adjustable zipper foot is the way to go. I have found mine quite useful over the years on any brand machine, not just the BL9.

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Date: 10/21/13 6:05 AM

I just re-read your question.
About the class- is the instructor unable to show you how to sew in a zipper with your loaner?
Or can the person that loaned it to you show you how?
How much time do you have left with this model and class? It will take about 4 days min to receive an adjustable foot online but I use it often on my Babylocks and Pfaff. It fit my Bernina and Singer 301 but I preferred the zipper feet that came with those models.
It really depends on the type of zipper and application. If basted in, you could just sew down one side, across the bottom and back up the other. The foot and needle position wont change that way so you can sew from either the right or left side- whatever works easiest for you.

Also, its not unheard of to use a standard foot to put in a zipper (if its not an invisible one). The stitching will be farther from the teeth but it will be even and you can sew on both sides of the zipper in the same direction.

If its a lapped zipper you can decide which side to lap it on- whatever is easier for your foot.




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Date: 10/21/13 12:06 PM

Can you change your needle position to the other side of the foot? Or, some zipper feet have two places to snap it onto the shank, one on the left and one on the right. It's hard to know without a photo of the foot.

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Date: 10/21/13 1:15 PM

I have a babylock machine, and the zipper foot has 2 sides where it attaches to the machine. Change sides depending on which side of the zipper you're sewing.

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Date: 10/22/13 4:21 AM

Do you even have the BL zipper foot? It is not included with the BL9- you have to purchase it.

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Date: 10/22/13 11:07 AM

Nice video, kcurtis, and I enjoyed some of your others, as well.

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Date: 10/24/13 12:52 PM

Thanks to you all! The person who loaned the machine is traveling and I have no way to contact her. I ended up going to a sewing machine store that carries the foot and bought it! The class that I am taking is at Canada College in Redwood City. They use the Bernina 1008 as their to go machine. Again, thank you so much for your very helpful information. The video is marvelous!!
-- Edited on 10/24/13 12:55 PM --

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Date: 10/26/13 12:03 PM

Quote: Jennifer shaw
Thanks to you all! The person who loaned the machine is traveling and I have no way to contact her. I ended up going to a sewing machine store that carries the foot and bought it! The class that I am taking is at Canada College in Redwood City. They use the Bernina 1008 as their to go machine. Again, thank you so much for your very helpful information. The video is marvelous!!
-- Edited on 10/24/13 12:55 PM --

That was the smart thing to do!

You can also download the manual for this model at the Babylock website (free to view or print). Click here.

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