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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sewing Tip - Pre-shape Zippers Before Sewing In Curved Seams

Hi Sewing Friends on my Sewing Blog:

So many of our garments are fitted today. Sewing a zipper in a curved seam can sometimes be very challenging.

Here is an article I wrote that might help you avoid the frustration of a buckling zipper in a shaped seam.

Try it! It just makes sense!

To Your Sewing Success,

Marian

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Sewing Tip - Pre-shape Zippers Before Sewing In Curved Seams

- by Marian Lewis

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Here is a sewing tip to help you when you are sewing a zipper in a curved seam.

Zippers are straight and your fitted garment has curved or shaped seams.

You need to pre-shape your zippers before you insert them into curved seams.

By pre-shaping the zipper tape, you remove the stiffness of the zipper, make it work easily into a shaped seam and allow it to conform to the body curves without buckling.

Follow this process:

Remove the zipper from the package.

Wet the zipper thoroughly and let it dry to preshrink it.

Press the tapes flat on each side of the metal teeth or nylon coil with a steam iron or with a damp cloth.

NOTE: Be careful when you are pressing near a nylon coil. If the iron is too hot, it will melt the coil.

After the first press, dampen the tapes once again with a damp sponge or wet cloth.

Press the tapes while still damp - one side at a time. This time, stretch the tape and shape into an outward curve while pressing.

Press until dry using the stretching, curving motion.

By shaping the zipper this way, you make it more flexible. When you insert it into a curved seam, it will conform to the curve beautifully.

Try it! It just makes sense!

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Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor, author and creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks who want great fitting skirts and pants. In her mini-course ebook, she teaches step-by-step common sense techniques how to find out WHAT you really need, WHERE you really need it and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern.

Marian is also the author of many articles and other mini-course ebooks related to sewing highlighting, "It Doesn't LOOK Homemade"Sewing Techniques.

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"Common Sense Fitting Method For Hard-To-Fit Sewing Folks Who Want Great Fitting Skirts And Pants"

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"Sew A Tee Pee And Accessories For Your Tribe Of Kids"

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