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A Hand-Picked Zipper is Worth the Effort

Jan 05, 2009
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A hand-picked, or hand-sewn, zipper is an easy-to-learn technique that calls attention to your handiwork.

by Susan Khaljean excerpt from SewStylish A hand-picked, or hand-sewn, zipper is sturdy and easy to master. It doesn’t distort or pucker, is great for heavily embellished or delicate fabrics, and- best of all- calls attention to your handiwork. More on Zippers: • 8 Zipper Installation Techniques • Lapped Zippers Rule • A Handpicked Zipper is Worth the Effort • Move a Zipper’s Location 1. Stabilize the zipper area with a strip of silk organza, chiffon crepe de chine or non-stretch, fusible interfacing. This prevents distorting and rippling over time. Gently tack in place along the foldline. 2. Pin the closed zipper in place from the garment’s right side. Starting at the zipper’s upper right-hand side, center the folded edge of the fabric over the zipper pull and teeth. Lower the tape at the top to accommodate the pull; it will look right if you keep the stitches at an even distance from the fabric’s folded edge. 3. Sew with a doubled thread. Starting at the top of the tape, stitch the zipper (unzipped) with a prickstitch on the fabric’s right side. A prickstitch is a variation on the backstitch where you backtrack only slightly. The goal is to just…

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  1. GregoryNolf January 6th

  2. truebuddy July 23rd

    Wow! I'll try that for the dress I want to make!! This technique is original and beautiful

  3. User avater woolgirl88 December 5th

    Thanks for this wonderful idea. I just made a wool blouse for the Oregon Make it with wool contest and did this technique and won the state contest and had great praise over my zipper.

  4. ingledew May 27th

    Thanks for this technique.

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