Thursday, May 20, 2010

my creative space :: zippity do da

It is all about a zip here in my creative space today.

zippity do da 

This year I’ve been participating in Carolyn’s Sewing Challenge, and this month the challenge is all about zippers. I can’t remember ever sewing a zipper into anything before so this month really is going to be test. The plan is to sew the boy a zip-up vest now that the cold of winter is starting to set in.

Oh my! I’m getting all nervous just thinking about it. Have you got any sage advice for me? Any funny tales of what not to do?

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15 comments:

  1. If you are worried about your zipper being in the right place, tack it in by hand first. That is my mums advice (not that I follow it all that often, only on important ones - like invisible zips in silk dresses) :)

    Good luck - once you have done one, it won't be that scary anymore, says she who is procrastinating about this challenge lol

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  2. I think that like most things in the sewing world you just have to believe you can do it and have a crack and I bet it wont be as scary as it seems. And maybe keep the quick up pick close at hand and don't worry about making mistakes.

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  3. I hear having a zipper foot is the key. I have one, but have yet to use it. Nor have I sewn a zipper into anything in my entire life, so essentially I am just here as decoration. :)

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  4. I can't imagine it being that difficult, I've never done it either but I'm thinking it is pretty straight forward :)

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  5. Advice? They aren't as hard as they seem...well, mostly. Best advice I can give is to take the time to baste it in first. It pays off in the end!

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  6. Hello Sally, zip sewing is not hard at all. Just sew carefully. There is always that little handy sewing device called "the unpicker" if things don;t go to plan. Have fun with it and don't get too stressed. Good luck with it.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  7. Can't help cos I'm scared too! hahahaha.... I tried one recently & it was ok. I need to practice again. Good luck! You can do it! You clever!

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  8. Nikki's tute might be useful- http://nicolemdesign.blogspot.com/2008/11/zips-dont-have-to-be-scary.html
    She's pretty clever!

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  9. You'll be fine. Just follow the instructions the first couple of times and you wont go near any other type of closure again. They really are the easiest and the neatest.

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  10. I always seem to get it wrong in some tiny aspect so my zips are never *quite* right... I'm taking it as a lesson in non-perfectionist-therapy ;) Good luck with yours! K

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  11. Ooooh! I love the notion of being 'sage'! Here goes:

    In my limited experience with zips (twice), they are EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY - power onward woman!

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  12. Zippers are okay, you will be more than fine, set the speed to very slow, put the zipper foot on, pin it in half zipped up, truly no harder than any other sewing thing.

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  13. I've sewed a few zippers before just in little purses so not too complicated and I still find it a little tricky mostly when I get to the slider but just go slowly you'll do a good job. I look forward to seeing your project soon.

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  14. Ooooh now that is a challenge!! Let me know if you find a good tutorial for a zip as that is a weakness of mine....can't seem to think back to front to get the zipper in the right way ;-)

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  15. ok, I'll throw in my tuppence worth too! :))
    Yes you definitely will do better with a zipper foot, and I also discovered a long time ago that I did much better sewing in zips if I followed the instructions as they tell it! That's in a clothes pattern, I mean. Took me a long time to realise that I couldn't do it MY way very well! lol. and yes just take your time as you sew. Hopefully with all the sage advice that we've shelled out to you, it should all go well! :)))))
    You'll have to put a pic up of it when it's done too. Good luck. x

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