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Zippers – Turning a Corner

paddlersal | Posted in General Discussion on

Good Morning,

I just signed up for this forum and I have to say, I love the format!  Very intuitive! 

I am looking for information on how to insert a zipper along the top of a rectangular bag.  This is a small bag, about 4″ x 6″ and the zipper goes around the edge.  I have seen some that use piping, but I am not using it for this bag.  I thought I’d invent the method as I go, but I don’t like the results at all!  The corners are not neat.   

I plan on making several bags in assorted sizes from time to time.  I am using heavy duty nylon this time.  If anyone has any experience doing this or knows a source of information I’d really appreciate it! 

Thank you!  Sally (wolf)

 

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  1. rjf | | #1

    I think you do the zipper first and then with the zipper unzipped, sew the bag together.  If you do a lapped zipper, like a skirt, it seems to me that it should lie flat.  Maybe you're putting it on the edge of the bag?  Or the bag is narrow so the zipper tape is bunching up inside?     Good luck.        rjf

    1. paddlersal | | #3

      rfj, Thank you for your reply to my zipper problem!  Your thoughts are the same as mine.  I need to begin again.  I resisted doing that because I was very happy with the bottom half of my little rectangular bag and didn't want to change it.  Back to the drawing board! 

      Sally

  2. sewphaedra | | #2

    It sound like the same technique for doing a box pillow. I've done those and bags and other inserted zipper applications and what I end up doing is putting in the zipper, then taking two square/rectangular scraps of enough fabric to make the entire zippered piece the size I need. Finish one end of each of the scraps, then sew them across each end of the zipper, butting the finished end against the zipper. Then you have one big square or rectangle of fabric with an inset zipper in the middle. For a tidy gusset on a box pillow I use one long rectangle of the right circumference, attach each end to the zipper, then you have the long gusset piece ready to insert.

    I hope this makes sense.

    1. paddlersal | | #4

      Dear Snappy, Thank you for your response!  I will be beginning again with this bag.  Your suggestions make perfect sense.  I do like having people nearby who can give input for these types of problems! 

      Here goes!  Sally

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