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Sandra B.’s fly front zipper insertion

Vera | Posted in General Discussion on

I used this method last week and the result is the most professional I have ever achieved. I am thrilled with it   Thanks Sandra


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    I found this method to be very easy for me also.

    Nice Video with Sandra Betzina (from 'Threads' video tips)


    I also recommend Sandra's book : Power Sewing Step by Step.

    Cheers :) CherryP

  2. solosmocker | | #2

    A couple of years back I sat with Sandra's PS book at the machine and proceeded to put in the best fly zipper ever for me. I pull it out every time now. Great book.

    Edited 2/13/2007 5:25 pm ET by solosmocker

    1. Alice in Atlanta | | #3

      Hi all,  Let me pat myself on the back, I'm not always this lucky.  Back when Sandra was on HGTV I copied every one of her programs.  One of them was her demonstrating the fly front zipper.  Naturlly I had to watch it several times and play around with the recorder to play it back s-l-o-w-l-y time after time especially some of the tricky parts. In the past I struggled thru fly front zippers and just gave up on them but her method is wonderful.  She says she sat with a tailor and watched how it was done.  I'm so happy I've lived long enough to have video recorders, not so when I was young and just learning to sew.  Between Nancy Zieman and Sanra I've learned so much which wasn't taught when I was in high school (they were just learning how to build a pyramid and fight off the dinasours.) 

      Wish HGTV would get her back on the air, sick of watching people trying to sell the 1500 sq. ft. house for millions.  Let's start a writing in to get her back.


      1. solosmocker | | #4

        Susan Kalje was on briefly after they dropped SB. Then Kalje was moved to the DIY network. DIY and HGTV are somehow related. With our dish, the only way we can get TV, the DIY network is part of the most expensive option which we just can't justify right now. I have missed Sandra since she left HGTV. Alex Anderson has also been dropped. She has the quilting program which often had ideas which could be translated to garment construction. Her program is all repeats now and she has moved on. She had a great delivery and often had on some inspiring fiber artists. I think HGTV has dumbed down their programming. They have a guy and gal doing crafts and sometimes sewn crafts, but mostly pretty junky. I think they would reply that this program is their sewing program. Well, maybe for 6th graders. I am tired of all the real estate stuff too. I find I don't watch them any where near as much as I did 3/4 years ago. I also could care about their Dream Home. Would you want to pay the taxes on a million dollar plus home 1000 or more miles from where you live? A no brainer in my book.I will add that HGTV in high definition has different programming, but I don't see anything there regarding sewing either. They do have a great program on how to work your digital camera.

        Edited 2/14/2007 6:42 pm ET by solosmocker

        1. FitnessNut | | #5

          Canadian HGTV has even less to offer for someone interested in any sort of "how-to" programming. And we don't have the option of DIY - it doesn't exist here. All they show is home renovation, decorating and how to sell your house programmes. I hardly watch it anymore as all the good stuff is gone.

      2. spicegirl | | #6

        I totally agree with you, Solosmocker & Fitnessnut!  DIY is a duplication of HGTV for a price.  Therefore, a waste of money, but I have it because it is included in the cable tier that has the Bio channel, and I do like to watch the British mysteries!  Getting back to HGTV - it is now so boring I do not watch it anymore.  I cannot stand scrapbooking and if I want to watch paint dry I will paint my own walls!  When the sewing shows were on (I was working at the time) I would record them for later viewing.  I not only learned new things, but also renewed my interest in sewing enough that I spend quite a bit of money updating and buying new equipment.  The only sewing and quilting shows (on HGTV & DIY) are re-runs of re-runs of re-runs.  I watch/record PBS as it does have some newer programming.   The Bio channel does a lot of re-runs, but at least my husband doesn't mind watching it with me.

        1. Alice in Atlanta | | #7

          Wow, are you my clone?  I couldn't agree with you more.  I too watch a lot of PBS and was a Helen Mirren fan before most people in the US had ever heard of her... uless they watched PBS. 

          I have seriously considered droppping the expensive extended cable service but I'd hate to lose Discovery, History and (don't laugh) The Animal Channel which usually tears my heart out.  I probably missed a couple of others  but I doubt it.  When I was kid in Ohio we only needed an antennae to received television and I have relative around Toledo who still have only that.  The problem is that unless you live downtown or near a TV tower you can no longer get reception for even local programming.  When I programmed my television I deleted more channels than I received.  Who needs (5) Spanish language channels, several golf, car race, basketball, sports channels, oh, and not to be left out, all the religious channels. and the black music channel, uga boo, uga boo?  Now don't get me wrong, the music is bad enough but those half naked oochie kooshie girls rubbing up against those guys who their pants so low that the crotch is around their knees... I mean there's no telling what you'd see if the camera took a lower body shot.

          HGTV:  How about those stupid decorators?  Anyone remember Bobby Trendy on the old Anna Nichol show, these guys are just about that bad.  Who the hell can do a decent job for $500/1000.  Not in my house, thank you very much.  You said it!  They have dumbed  down HGTV to the lowest possible denominator.  They put all their money in the first season to get people to watch but it was downhill from there.

          As far as neighbors decorating each others houses. well, in my neighborhood most people don't even know their neighbors much less  decorate THAT inner sanctum (the bedroom).  Would you really want your neighbors in there snooping around AND THEN painting the room Pepto-Bismo pink with orange faux fur trim?? 

          We should be allowed to pick and pay for only the channels we watch!!  I'm about ready to yank out the whole thing and just watch all those old video tapes I made years ago when Nancy was on at a decent hour.  As you mentioned, the so called craft shows is like going into a kindergarten class and then they trash it up further by adding some really, really stupid humor.  I'm embarrassed for those people, they've allowed themselves to be exploited my HGTV! 

          Hey ladies, let's march on Washington and the FCC, we shouldn't have to pay for crap.  Grab a banner and join the line!!  Whew, I was on roll here.  Let me hear from y'all...you'll feel so much better, lol.

          Not Tacky in Atlanta Alice

          Edited 2/15/2007 5:50 pm ET by Alice in Atlanta

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