stuck sewing second side of zipper - need help/advice (photos) - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 6 Old 04-24-2013, 05:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
IsaFrench's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: now back in Europe
Posts: 1,917
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)

Hello, took me 24 hours to understand why i couldn't add a new post to my previous plea for help so here's the latest photo and what i'm having trouble with ...

 

so, this is going (one day !) to be a jewelery pouch

the inside is jeans (so that i can use safety pins to pin pendants)

all seemed about all right until i finished sewing the first side of the zipper (around 3 of the sides) .... but i haven't managed to align the second side of the zipper before i sew it

SO, am now wondering

do i rip off the stitching for the second side of the zipper ? and start fixing it again ?

is there any trick i could learn for making sure that both sides align "properly" before i sew it back on again ?

any suggestion welcome ... TIA

IsaFrench is online now  
#2 of 6 Old 05-07-2013, 10:26 PM
 
HappyHappyMommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 5,920
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)

The fabrics are you are using so cool. Anyone have suggestions on how to get the zipper in?
 


hh2.gif Head over to the Holiday Helper forum and be a part of this wonderful Mothering tradition! joy.gif

Wondering about Mothering in general? Check out Mothering's User Agreement! smile.gif

HappyHappyMommy is offline  
#3 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 12:05 AM
 
Angelorum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,041
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Not sure I'm understanding your problem.  Is the fabric stretching or pulling while you sew the other half of the zipper, so that the fabric doesn't match up after the way it should after it's zipped?  It's best to sew the both sides of the zipper in the same direction, then if the fabric is stretching a bit as you sew, it's at least stretching in the same direction as it did on the other side.  If you are still having trouble, you can try zipping up the zipper (with the one side still sewn)  and marking across both sides of the zipper at key points that you need to line up.  For instance, you could mark where the zipper tape hits the corners of your bag, and make sure to hit those spots when you are sewing the other side of the zipper.  Make any sense?


Mommy to DS1 bouncy.gifJuly '09 and DS2 baby.gif Oct '12

 

Angelorum is offline  
#4 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 04:06 AM
 
Smokering's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 8,610
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
If you are still having trouble, you can try zipping up the zipper (with the one side still sewn)  and marking across both sides of the zipper at key points that you need to line up.  For instance, you could mark where the zipper tape hits the corners of your bag, and make sure to hit those spots when you are sewing the other side of the zipper.

What a brilliant idea! I have a ghastly time getting my invisible zips to line up. I baste them and everything, but nooooo...


If decomposition persists please see your necromancer.

Smokering is online now  
#5 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Angelorum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 2,041
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

What a brilliant idea! I have a ghastly time getting my invisible zips to line up. I baste them and everything, but nooooo...


I figured that trick out when I was doing alterations in a store.  We had this one brand of skirts that always had broken zippers, so I had to get good at replacing them without messing up the line at the waistband.  Sadly, I think my mad zipper skills have gotten rusty since those days.  The last couple I tried to put in did not go so well. 


Mommy to DS1 bouncy.gifJuly '09 and DS2 baby.gif Oct '12

 

Angelorum is offline  
#6 of 6 Old 05-08-2013, 03:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
IsaFrench's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: now back in Europe
Posts: 1,917
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)

many many thanks for your advice ... my sewing machine has been at the repair shop lately

& i've had more urgent projects to tackle these last week ends

so my zippered pouch is still in stand by ...

it totally make sense, not that the fabric i use it that stretchy ... but a few milimeters of variation between both sides WILL show anyway

i will also mark the fabric at different intervals

thanks again !

IsaFrench is online now  
Reply

Tags
Sewing

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off