I failed in applying a hidden zipper!

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I'm making a cover of burgundy faux suede for a memory foam
lumbar support pillow.  It's for the owner of the shop which
is doing my remodel (I learned that he has bad back pain).

I snagged his logo off his web site, digitized it, digitized
his name in the same (weird) "Papyrus" font, then
embroidered it onto the fabric.  But today, when I started
assembling the cover, which has a piped edge, I completely
failed when I tried to put in the invisible zipper!  I tore
the danged thing out three times, but each time after I
carefully stitched it, I could not get the zipper to close.
I finally tore it out, and tried to close the zipper off the
fabric.  Ugh!  Apparently I melted a couple of teeth when I
pressed the coil open.

Tossed it, gonna start fresh tomorrow with a new zipper....

Beverly, looking at about another couple of weeks until the
upstairs bathrooms are finished.



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On 4/3/2010 8:18 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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Beverly, Do you have access to a lazy girl purse pattern with it unique
zipper enclosure. If not I will go down and pull out one of my patterns.
I think it could be adapted very easily to a hidden zipper. Let me know
and if you want I'll look at the directions and post them for you.
Juno

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On 4/3/2010 8:44 PM, Juno B wrote:
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I was just google hunting and found these instructuins and wondered if
they are a help to you for the cushion
http://spedr.com/jvwn
Juno

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On 4/3/2010 9:13 PM, Juno B wrote:
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And one more I like even better
http://spedr.com/58wo
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Thanks, Juno.  I'm not making box edge cushions, I'm making
a knife-edge-with-piping removable pillow cover with an
invisible zipper so the cover can be laundered..  It's not
that I don't know *how* to do it, I've inserted lots of
invisible zippers in my time.  I just did not realized I had
ruined the nylon coil, that is what had me stymied.  It's
also a little complicated to insert the zipper right next to
the piping.  I did that on the pillow I made for my niece,
and it worked out just fine.  I think I may be a little
fatigued....

I have been painting like a mad woman, I want to be done
with that before the base tiles go in, so I don't have to
worry about taping them off.

I'm pretty sure if I start over with a new zipper I'll have
no problem, I think I'll skip the instruction to press the
coil flat and just let the foot shove the coil over.

Beverly



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BEI Design wrote:

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Glad to know this was a zipper malfunction.  I was skeert there for a
minute. You'll conquer the new one.  I have no doubts.

Sharon
--
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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Sharon Hays wrote:
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You have no idea how frustrated I was!  Well maybe you do...
I sewed it and tore it out three times before I finally
discovered it was melted coils, not stitching too close to
the coils.  They are grouting the new shower today, so as
soon as the work crew leaves I'm headed over to TSWLTH for a
new zip.

Beverly, happy dancing, because I have one functioning
toilet *upstairs* as of today!  No more running down a
flight of stairs every time I need to  <ahem>  brush my
teeth in the middle of the night.  ;-)



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bit older.

Emily



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Emily Bengston wrote:
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Huh???  ;-)

Beverly, suspecting that Emily opened the wrong group.



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BEI Design wrote:
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I never bother to press the coils open, and nor do I use one of those
special feet.  I just let the pressure of the nice big Lily zip foot
open up the coil, and the nice multiple needle positions poke the needle
through on the exact right place.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Re: I failed in applying a hidden zipper!


On 4/4/2010 3:09 AM, Kate XXXXXX wrote:
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Beverly, What had me going was that you of all people would have a
problem, so I figured I'd sen along the instructions. Being "wiped out"
explains it all. I however was glad to look them up because I've never
done a box cushion and now have the instructions printed out for me. I
also used the site to gather information on someother types of pillow
sewing. So a big thank you to you for pushing me to look.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Glad to push!  ;-)

Beverly



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Kate XXXXXX wrote:
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I don't usually press the coil open either, but applying
this alongside the piping was a horse of a different color.
I'll just machine stitch later today and see if I can get it
done better.

Beverly



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