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Hello All:

Well the wife's skirt is finished and didn't come out too bad. There
is one part that bugs me a bit though. There is a zipper in the middle
of the skirt (on the back) and at the end of the zipper the skirt
tends to "pop out" a bit.

Is this due to the zipper being new and stiff?  Might this go away
after being worn for a while or did I do something wrong.

Thanks!

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When I put a zipper in I sew down one side, then across the bottom usually
at least twice before I sew up the other sice of the zipper.  I don't think
I have ever had your problem.  HTH
Barbara in Florida



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Terry wrote:
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Did you sew down one side and up the other?  Not a good idea...  Also,
if this is a standard zip, it's usually best to baste the opening closed
up the seam line and apply the zip to the back.  That way you know
there's continuity between the zip opening and the seam.

Concealed zips are a bit more difficult as you put the zip in before
sewing the seam, but it's still much better to sew down both sides in
the same direction.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Terry wrote:
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If you are sewing a lapped zipper, it works best to sew the
underlying side first, then the upper side.  Sew both side
THE SAME DIRECTION.  Usually a pucker at the bottom is
created as the fabric is pushed ahead of the foot, so I like
to sew zippers from bottom to top.  I also either pin-baste
or hand baste *very* carefully.  I found that holding the
fabric-zipper sandwich over my left hand as I baste provides
just a slight ease to the fabric and the zipper fits better.

Pretty much the same applies to a centered zipper.  I never
use the "machine baste the opening and apply the zipper with
the seam basted closed" method, I have never had a good
result doing that.

If it's an invisible zipper, DO NOT sew the seam "to within
an inch of the bottom of the opening" which is how the
instructions usually tell you to do it.  Instead, insert the
zipper in both sides, THEN hand stitch the first inch of the
seam below the zipper with tiny back stitches starting at
the bottom of the zipper, and finish on the machine,
starting at those hand stitches and  sew the seam to the
bottom of the bodice/skirt/whatever, using a zipper foot.  A
zipper foot, because even though you are going to be mostly
sewing a flat seam the bit just below the bottom of the
zipper still wants to squirm as you start.  I have a few
pictures here:
http://home.comcast.net/~beidesign/wsb/html/view.cgi-photos.html-MerchantID-468072-Publish-t-makestatic-true-skip-20.html

You can click on the thumbnails to get a better view.

HTH,

--
Beverly
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You know, Beverly and Kate, as long as I've been sewing, I have never had
any luck sewing in invisible zippers.  I usually just throw the project in
the back of a drawer somewhere because they just  don't look right.

But with your instructions, I plan to dig two dresses out this afternoon and
play with them.  After all, it is raining now and we're suppose to have our
3rd snowfall this winter, so it is not a good time to be outside.

Thanks for the instructions.

-- Emily



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Emily Bengston wrote:
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You are very welcome.  I think buttonholes and zippers are
the two most often cited problems which turn folks off of
sewing.  Good luck with getting your UFOs finished.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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Emily Bengston wrote:
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If you want a copy of the leaflet I got years ago about putting these
things in, buzz me an email.  I have it scanned in.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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That would be wonderful, Kate.  You are so helpful and I do appreciate the
offer.  
Thank you.

Emily



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Emily Bengston wrote:
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On its way...  :)

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:10:21 -0500, Terry <tjmccannATwindstream.net> wrote:
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Did you interface the zipper inset area?  My guess is it got a bit stretched
from overhandling during construction.

Some really good zipper tutorials: http://www.fashion-incubator.com/tutorials /
(then drop down to zipper tutorials).


You have to modify seam allowances in the zipper area with these methods,
and it helps to use a lightweight fusible interfacing in the insets.

Make up the patterns and templates and then just pin the new extensions to the
commercial pattern for cutting.  

Kay


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Thanks for all the tips everyone.

I machine basted (term always reminds me of Turkey on Thanksgiving
day) the seam closed. Hand basted the zipper in place then went down
one side, across the bottom and then up the other side.

It would appear that the general consensus is not to do this.

Next is brown wool then on to gray wool - just in time for summer for
her :)


On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:10:21 -0500, Terry <tjmccannATwindstream.net>
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