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How to Sew Invisible Zippers

Learn how to install an invisible zipper like a pro.

Knot Your Own Belt From Cord

Transform a simple cord into a hippy-chic belt.

Embroidered Jacket at Plimoth Plantation

Threads staff seamstress contributes to this modern copy of a 17th-century-style women's embroidered jacket.

recent comments

Re: Video: Offset Stitching for Smooth Piping

Nikita, sometimes it's as simple as re-loading the page!

Re: How to Sew an Invisible Zipper in a Knit Garment

The zipper will also look smoother at the bottom if you leave about 3-4 inches of the seam below the zipper open before you install the zipper. Then, after you have sewn both sides of the zipper tape to the garment, use a regular zipper foot to close the remainder of the seam. Then sew the ends of the zipper tape to the seam allowances.

Re: Video: How to Sew a Blind Hem

Hi Lexley. You can use hem lace, although it is not as sturdy. What I used in the video is also called seam binding. In the US, it is usually hard to find in sewing stores. I get mine at Search for seam binding, and you will find it in many colors, but there, you have to purchase it in 100 yard rolls, which is about 91 meters.

Re: Threads seamstress contributed to jacket on display at Winterthur Museum

To reply to nancye, it would not be something that the women at Plimoth would have worn. The people that came here and lived in Plimoth would not have had the funds to pay for such a jacket. The jacket represents a garment that the upper class in England would have worn at the time period that the colonists first arrived. Jackets such as the one we created were made in workshops, where several people would be working on the embroidery.

And for jestersmother, the stitch that you are talking about is plaited braid. Here is a link to the post in which Tricia Wilson Nguyen (the leader of the jacket project) talks about how to get the instructions for the stitch.
The plaited braid was used for the vines as well as for covering the seams of the jacket.

Re: Threads seamstress contributed to jacket on display at Winterthur Museum

This is Norma, one of the volunteers that helped to embroider the jacket. You can read my blog post, follow the link listed above in Deana's comment. I really enjoyed the experience. It was like nothing I had done before! At the time, I owned a portion of a house on Cape Cod, so Plymouth was about a 45 minute drive. Most of the sessions I attended were 4-day weekends. I believe I attended five sessions. It was fascinating to meet other embroiderers, and fun to work on something that so many eyes will see! I also have dabbled in bobbin lace, which was how the lace with the spangles was created, so I did a small amount of lace making while I was there. It was interesting to work in a workshop environment, where everyone was working towards the same end. I was also at the last workshop, when the embroidery was finished. What a celebration! I will never forget this, and will be telling my grandchildren and great-grandchildren about this experience as well!

Re: Spring Sewing Projects - What Do You Plan to Sew?

I have an alterations business, and when I first started it (more than 19 years ago), I had set aside a certain number of hours for business activity, which kept me motivated when I wasn't sewing for myself. When I didn't have anything to sew for clients, I sewed for myself during those designated hours. However, now that my business is more mature, I rarely have time to sew for myself! Now I have to find a different way to find time to sew for many projects, so little time!