Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Hand-pick a Zipper

This technique is courtesy of Sandra Betzina.


  • Interface both sides of the seam allowance where the zipper will go, using the non-stretch direction for greatest stability.
  • Mark the level of the bottom stopper on the seam allowances.
  • Machine baste the opening closed, to the bottom marking, and then sew the seam closed with a regular stitch length.
  • Lie the zipper along the basting, face down and closed.
  • Machine sew the zipper to each seam allowance, only. This gives strength that the hand-picking doesn't.
  • On the RS, lie Wonder Tape either side of the basting line and use this as a guide for the hand stitching.
  • Use double thread through beeswax to stitch from the RS using a tiny back stitch. Add a bead for bling.

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