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When you can't find a zipper the exact color as the garment, what do you
do? Go a shade lighter or darker?

Suzanne


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Suzanne wrote:

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darker, and use a concealed zip if at all possible.

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Suzanne wrote:
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It depends on the project.  If it's an activewear garment I'll usually
go with black, sometimes using the dressed zipper technique from Nancy
Cornwall's Polarfleece book.  If the zipper is not a style element and
is meant to be inconspicuous I'll go slightly darker rather than
slightly lighter if an exact match can't be found.

Kathleen


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Suzanne wrote:
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Get an invisible zipper darker than the garment. Paint the pull with
modeller's enamel or nail polish if it's obtrusive.

Sally



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My mother always put in invisible zippers. I tried once and couldn't get
the hang of it.  Do I need a special zipper foot for an invisible
zipper?  I'm on a roll making carpis for the summer and an invisible
zipper would work on a side seam.

Suzanne

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Yes, there is an invisible zipper foot to use with them.  They are easily
obtained at almost any sewing retail store.
Emily



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On 2005-05-18 snipped-for-privacy@att.net said:
   >Newsgroups: alt.sewing
   >Yes, there is an invisible zipper foot to use with them.
But they're awfully hard to see in your sewing kit. <G>

Oh, sorry, we did that before...

   >They are easily obtained at almost any sewing retail store.
But the check-out person usually doesn't notice it, doesn't charge.

Next week they are going to board up my mouth.


Tom Willmon
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Yes.


http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00168.asp

http://www.sewing.org/enthusiast/html/el_zipinvis.html

 www.sewing.org/files/GL-invisible_zipper.pdf

http://www.diynet.com/diy/na_sewing/article/0,2025,DIY_14144_2276883,00.html

http://www.sew-whats-new.com/kim/zipper.shtml

HTH,


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BEI Design wrote:

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No!  I never use one.  They are really simple to put in.  I have a
scanned leaflet, if you'd like it.  Just shout.
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They sound great!  I have a couple of bought pairs, and need to skim a
pattern...  :)

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BEI Design wrote:
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Well, I hate to disagree, but I just put in two concealed zippers using
my normal zipper foot - all be it the Viking extra wide zipper foot -
but you could just use your standard foot.

Suzanne - once I got my brain round the fact the concealed zippers sort
of go on inside out to normal zippers, and that I had to uncoil the
zipper teeth and hold them down flat whilst sewing, I got on OK with the
2 I put in recently.

I found that pinning in place then basting worked marvels!

HTH

Sarah

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Sarah Dale wrote:
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I use my regular zipper foot and just make sure I stitch so that the
invisible zip rolls correctly.

penny



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http://newsguy.com uttered
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Snap - if I'm feeling extra picky and/ or lacking confidence I use a
bog-standard zip foot.
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No, see the latest (July 05, #119) issue of Threads.

But I prefer to use the Husqvarna Viking's pintuck foot.

And they're really easy. In fact, I find them easier than "visible" zippers.

Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England



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I usually went darker on a dark fabric and lighter on light fabrics...  that
is the color of fabric, not the weight....

that's what my teacher said in home ec a LOOONG time ago.  she said the same
about thread for hems, cuffs, top stitching etc...  anybody else heard that?
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HoosierRose (remove NOSPAM to reply) wrote:
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If I cannot get an ~exact~ match, I prefer slightly darker on any
color.  Lighter looks faded to me.

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HoosierRose (remove NOSPAM to reply) wrote:
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No, I thought you should go a tiny bit darker every time, because the seams
and zips are in a slight shadow and you want them to blend rather than stand
out.

Well, that's how it was explained to me. It'd be different for topstitching,
of course: you might want something that stands out there.

Sally



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