Conquering Zippers

“about finishing projects and (mostly) conquering zippers”

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skirt front

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Over the years I have found numerous work-arounds or ways of avoiding zippers. If I had no other option I often resorted to hand sewing as I tend to find I can work more slowly and accurately this way.
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Often when working on a sewing project I get such a buzz to see the end result that when using a sewing machine I tend to race through the project with a view to getting to the end result. When it comes to zippers my technique is just hasn’t been there and the results have always been frustrating. Not matching up to the image I have in my head.
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So I figured it was about time I address this and spent some time learning how to finally conquer zippers even if it means sewing zipper after zipper and unpicking the failures until I get there. As a start point I thought I’d turn to the many talented sewers sharing techniques online to see if perhaps I had been missing some crucial knack.
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One post I discovered in my search stood out and I’m excited to try this particular technique. Melissa’s guest post on Keeping it simple titled ‘zippers unzipped‘ outlines a technique that struck a cord in it’s simplicity and in that it addresses a major issue I always encounter of ensuring the zipper is even fitted and sewn.
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I have a skirt that has been sitting there waiting to be finished. Awaiting only a zipper installation to finish. This struck me as the best time to test out this technique and hopefully finish my skirt. I’ve also been wanting to wear the resulting skirt and determinedly avoiding purchasing one instead.
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The time has come to finally conquer zippers head on and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from achieving a goal or two. So an afternoon later and the skirt is done and zippers mostly conquered (a little more practice required for the perfect finish). Here are some photos of the completed skirt:
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skirt front

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skirt front detail

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skirt back

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skirt back detail

 
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