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Invisible zipper in shaped seam

Stitchwitch | Posted in General Discussion on

I need to insert an invisible zipper in a rather shaped centre back seam.  Any tips?


  1. alotofstitches | | #1

    Refer to Threads, Oct/Nov 1992, for an excellent article by Carol Neuman, The Invisible Zipper.  That article and the YKK zipper foot have made 100% difference in my zippers.  The same method is used for your shaped zip seam as well as if a seam is crossed e.g. bodice to skirt seam.

  2. HeartFire2 | | #2

    What sort of 'shaped' seam do you have in the center back? is it just a sway back? or is it 's' shaped???

    1. Stitchwitch | | #3

      Shaped as in a curved seam for a tight fitting bodice flaring out from the waist.

      1. HeartFire2 | | #4

        I don't think you will have any problem with it other than if the bodice is too tight it may pop open. You might need to reinforce the opening with hooks to keep some of the strain off the zipper. Invisible zips are notorious for failing under strain.

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    user-221153 | | #5

    I agree with HeartFire2, an invisible zip in a close-fitted bodice can pop open due to strain. A waist-stay can take strain off the zipper in the waist area, making it less likely to fail. If the bodice is strapless, a waist-stay is a must to keep the bodice form sliding down.

    You can find all sorts of tips on bodice construction, including attaching it to a full skirt in "Bridal Couture" by Susan Khalje, published by Krause Publications.

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