Monday, 3 September 2012

Battles With Zips

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I think this might be my Native American name, like Dances with Wolves.

I seem to be having a lot of difficulty at the moment with getting zips to go in properly - my last 2 projects have both involved the purchase of a second zip once I had broken or otherwise ruined the first one. Ironically I have always found zips, even invisible ones, to be OK until now. I am trying not to get a complex about it as zips are usually right at the end of a project and I don't want to spend the whole time worrying about the zip insertion! Also, I have always managed to get there in the end!

So my next few projects have been planned without zips, and I've moved my Peony down my sewing queue as a result!

My Macaron (complete with zip saga!) is finished and awaiting pictures and I'm pretty happy with it. Planning to wear it to the V&A with Karen and a group of other sewing people on Friday.

Next up are a couple of quick and easy Kirsten Kimono tees, one grey marl and one striped, to fill a gap in my wardrobe. No zips required!

6 comments:

  1. hehe! I like your Native American name. Have fun at the V&A xx

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    1. thanks! need to book my ticket actually!

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  2. My native "Canadian" name is Hates Cutting Out Fabric. Wish I could be at the V&A with you. Have fun.

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    1. oh i know that one too! that's the pattern i would buy - one where the pieces of fabric came in an envelope ready cut!

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  3. Hey Joanne, nice to meet you the other night! I had similar frustrations with zippers in the past, but these 2 tricks meant they are dead easy for me now - iron the zip flat, low heat so it doesn't melt & sew zip in before you sew the seam from hem to zip base. Give them a try! Good luck.

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    1. lovely to meet you too! thanks so much for the tips! it is really frustrating as i have managed a couple of invisible zips with no worries before this. i will keep you posted!

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