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Posted on: 6/12/13 2:14 PM
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This is a review of Sunni's FREE class on Mastering Zipper Techinques. More pictures and links on my blog at pammieandtheps.blogspot.com

I loved this class and Sunni's teaching style, I was confounded I actually learned quite a bit - my zippers are wonky but I thought it was just my below average execution skills!

The highlights:

1) Sunni uses a extremely fine non-woven fusible to interface her all three zipper techniques. This interfacing is fusible and 1 1/4 inches wide (perfect for 5/8 seam zippers). Here is where you can find it - Sunni's shop - or direct from the Emma Seabrooke (who lives in Islamorada in the Florida Keys).

2) The zipper instruction includes slot seam zippers, with and without lining, invisible zippers, with and without lining, and finally a lapped zipper insertion.

3) I learned I was putting on my waistband in an awkward way when using a lining of a skirt and inserting an invisible zipper. I learned apparently from dastardly pattern instructions. This is worth viewing alone. She shows a fantastic technique (that will require that your pattern pieces and waistband be close to perfect, however) where the zipper and back waist is finished first all by machine rather than by hand.

4) I never thought I would want to do a lapped zipper - but she makes it seem so easy and exquisite.

5) For both zippers, lapped and slot seam, other than the invisible - she uses 1/4" Steam-a-Seam Tape (available everywhere) to effectively baste the zipper. I'm going to have to invest in this. I use wonder tape and it never does a good job. Too gunky - I end up changing needles frequently. Wonder tape out/Steam-a-Seam In.

6) I need to buy an invisible zipper foot - specifically Bernina #35. I can't believe I don't have one - I'm a bit of a foot addict.

7) I learned finally how to finish the back seam of the skirt flawlessly, with or without lining. The tails of my zippers are always wonky and rarely are perfect - now that I see by video how she does it, while she provides tips. I think my execution now will improve!

Highly recommended!!!

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Barbara3 said...
Really nice review. Thx!
6/12/13 11:36 PM
ghijsmom said...
I think I'll have to take this class. I haven't done a zipper in a couple of years. Thanks.
6/13/13 1:27 AM
Clareew said...
Great review, I have this class but haven't watched it. I will now.
6/13/13 2:50 AM
NonieA1 said...
I signed up for this class, although I have not had time to view it; I need to very soon. Thanks for the review as it was most informative.
6/13/13 7:01 AM
ASiverson said...
I haven't yet had a chance yet to view this class, will have to now. Haven't done a zipper in a while, but I know I will in the future! Thank you!
6/13/13 7:50 AM
Sewmissy2 said...
Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I need to sign up for this one.
6/13/13 8:09 AM
pammieh said...
Thanks for all the comments - I thoroughly enjoyed taking this free class! Two hours is about right - I'm taking the Classic Tailored Shirt class, while wonderful, is quite extensive.
6/14/13 2:05 AM
 
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