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« on: January 23, 2006 08:52:01 AM »

Ok here's the deal - I have a purse that has a U shaped top.  It's generally open, or has a snap closure.  Now, I have customers asking to install zippers on these.  I've done one, but it ends up lumpy and unprofessional looking.  I'm slick with flat zippers, but the curving is killing me!  Does anyone have suggestions for installation of such a creature?

Here's the style of purse:




the lovely square sides and whatnot get lost with the zipper, and it ends up looking really flat - like this:





Please help  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006 09:17:33 AM »

The only thing that comes to mind right now is cliping the curve on the zipper tape.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2006 09:28:28 AM »

Make sure to clip your seams at curved edges and use an iron on the newly sewn seams. Ironing is very important to make your seams and edges look crisp. Make sure to use a low heat setting though, or you may risk melting part of the zipper teeth (if it's plastic).

Also, it looks like the zipper may be too long for the purse? You can cut it down and just sew a seam across the bottom then backstitch a bit to secure it.
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2006 09:36:30 AM »

Definitely clip into the curved part - I'd even take out a sizeable pie shaped chunk on each side.  Not into the seam certainly, but pretty big on the outside.  It's worked for me and I do a lot of zippers.  I buy them by the roll and then cut to size so I don't waste any.  Purses look great!
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2006 10:59:39 AM »

cool thanks guys Smiley  I iron religiously, and so I was pretty befuddled when it came out all funky.  I usually don't use plastic zippers, just because I'm enough of a klutz that I would probably melt the zipper Smiley  I'll definately take a look at the length and clip the tape.  I wasn't sure if that would cause issues with the zipper, but I'll go for it!  Thanks everyone!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006 09:10:06 PM »

It also may help to make the curve a bit more gradual (stretch it out).
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2006 09:24:46 PM »

Check out the tutorial I wrote for my A-line purse. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=18716.20
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2006 09:50:13 PM »

what about putting a flat panel on the opening, so the zipper itself lays flat? 
like this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35575.0
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