Saturday, November 7, 2009

My first Invisible Zip !

Today was not a very productive day sewing-wise. I only came into the sewing room about 9pm. Honestly, I've been putting it off because the next step in my skirt is the zipper. The pattern calls for an invisible zipper (never done one before) - I'd decided to do it when I realized that I actually own an invisible zipper foot ! oh, and I had one black invisible zip in the stash. Handy, huh ?

My Singer HD110 came with a pile of presser feet. Only the zigzag and buttonhole feet have been used & I had at least one that I had no idea what it was. Browsing through the sewing machine reviews on PR recently, TigerEyess posted that this machine has the 'world's best invisible zipper foot". Hmm, I dug out my accessories for the machine and proceeded to decipher the feet. Yup, got one. :-)

Tonight I serged the edges of the skirt front & back (this stuff is really ravely !), put a strip of interfacing along the seams where the zip will go, took a deep breath and ....

basted the first side on...

and then the second side...

AND - looky here !!!!!

I got so excited, I had to take a picture and post it. LOL

I kinda can't believe it worked - I hope it still does once it's all put together and the lining & facings are attached.


  1. Well, Yay! Zips are not so scary, after all.

  2. Nice job on the zipper! I use invisible zippers almost exclusively and I love them.

  3. That's wonderful Claire!. I have a love-hate relationship with Invisible zippers. Sometimes they turn out great,sometimes they don't.

  4. Hooray! I taught myself to do invisible zippers last summer, and I like them in skirts. Sometimes in dresses I find that they bind in the fabric, because I use 18" or 22" long zippers in dresses so I don't have to struggle to get them on and off. I had to sit with a book of directions the first few times I put in an invisible zipper, then I took pictures of myself doing it, made an instruction sheet, and have never had to use it. The invisible zipper is so backward to what we think of for regular zippers, but they do have a great place in the world! Congrats on a great first try!

  5. My mom had alz too and had to have her hip replaced. She too went down a step and became less responsive to us. One of the things that she DID respond to--with a smile -=or by keeping tune--was listening to the music of her time..the 40's and 50's in her case. Hope you have your family try that with your mom... Its a tough, horrible thing that disease. I know. My most loving thoughts go out to your family.

  6. I love invisibles! You will never go back now.


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