I failed in applying a hidden zipper!


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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BEI Design
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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Juno B
I was just google hunting and found these instructuins and wondered if they are a help to you for the cushion
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Juno
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Juno B
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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I really like this site. I found several things I'd like to buy, especially the double bike for the two younger grandchildren when the little one is a bit older.
Emily
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Emily Bengston
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.
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Kate XXXXXX
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
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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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
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Sharon Hays
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 brush my teeth in the middle of the night. ;-)
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