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Topic: purple paisley wristlet, with tut and how to shorten zippers+more, [many pics!!]  (Read 5255 times)
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« on: July 11, 2007 07:47:57 PM »

hey craftsters!
i made this wristlet with some left over fabrics and one of many zippers, [660 to be exact!]
within this thread, you will find technique for shortening and sewing zippers, making seams on sharp corners, and other helpful tips ive picked up!

step one:
put on your favorite music. this can be a long project!

step two:
assemble your equipment. here i have four pieces of fabric, of the same size. the purple is the outer layer, and the red [which is way thicker] is the inside. i also have some chalk [although i usually resort to a washable marker] and a looooong zipper. which we will shorten!


step three:
lay one piece of your fabric, it doesnt matter which, on a desk and lay your zipper next to it as shown. meet the end of the zipper tape to the end of your fabric. mark as shown!

step four:
place your zipper tape on your sewing machine as shown, with the mark under the needle. select a zigzag stich on your machine.
step five:
turn off your feed dogs! consult your manual if you need to. if you dont know this, shutting off the feed dogs will make your sewing stay in one place, rather then feed it through.
step six:
use the clutch [or the knob that makes your needle move up and down] and see where your needle hits as it zigzags back and forth. make adjustments so the needle doesnt hit your zipper, but still relatively close.
step seven:
make lots of stitches until there is a little bump of thread.
step eight:
it should look like this!
step nine:
snip about an inch and a half about your new zipper stop as shown!
step ten:
attach your zipper foot, if you have one!

step eleven:
as you can see in the picture, i layed out both outer fabric pieces. the bottom piece is what ill use to show you. the orientation of the picture will not change
keep your zipper in place and flip your fabric. the right side of the fabric is down and the edge is on the edge of the zipper tape!
step twelve:
using your zipper foot, sew the zipper tape all the way across!
when you come to the pull, stop about an inch from it, using the clutch, wind the needle down so it is still in your fabric and pull the presser up. the needle will be in your fabric and the foot will be elevated. pull the pull down so it is out of your way. easy!
step thirteen:
turn over your work and do the same for the lining fabric!
step fourteen:
repeat the steps to do the other side!

step one:
fold three pieces of fabric [1 1/2" x 12-14"!] accordion style and sew over it.

step two:
braid and sew the end!


step fifteen
sandwich that baby in there! i usually do it at the end where the real zipper stop is.
use pins if you like

step sixteen:
open your zipper and while holding your braid ends in place, pull the braid through the opening. you dont want to sew through it on accident! make sure everything is aligned and start sewing around the edge. when you come to a sharp corner heres a tip. stop a teeny bit before the corner and use your clutch to wind the needle down into the fabric again. lift your presser and turn your work. simple!

turn it inside out and flaunt it!
hooray! questions/comments/criticism welcome!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2007 09:24:42 AM »

I had never thought of turning off the feed dogs to do the new zipper stop, great idea!  I have always hand sewn my new zipper stops with a double thread, I will have to try this next time!

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 10:08:55 AM »

that pretty much the most painless tutorial for zippers ever! good job! and 660 zippers!? Shocked where does one accumulate so many?!

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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2007 10:51:41 AM »

yahooo thanks Cheesy
i was at a flea market and there was a guy with pieces of fabric etc and he had a box of zippers. i was gonna buy some but he wanted to sell me the whle box for three dollars! haha. theyre good zippers too. some metal ones and some plastic ones, as well as huge chunky white ones and some invisible ones.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2007 10:55:11 AM »

Oh, sweet, invisible zippers.  What a wonderful find, for $3!

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2007 12:25:22 PM »

Great info, cute wristlet! Thank you! Grin

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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2007 05:53:16 PM »

wow beginner sewer here....thanks for the great tips! cute wristlet too!

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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007 05:20:33 AM »

Thanks so much!  I'm still scared of zippers, but maybe this will help  Smiley
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