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I am pretty much a sefl taught sewer with an emphasis on sewing for plus size women. Always the student, I like looking at the videos presented here and look forward to asking questions about sewing I can't figure out.
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Posted on September 2, 2010 at 10:51am 0 Comments

This is my thrid entry trying to find out information about zippers. I am new to the website and is still trying for figure out where to put what! My question is exactly where do you start on the unlapped side of a lapped zipper? Is it in front of the zipper stop, behind it or beside it?

Zipper confusion

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 8:20am 2 Comments

I love lapped zippers because they completely hide the zipper, but there is a part of the construction I am not sure about. Exactly where do I start the unlapped (hope that is a word) portion of the zipper. Is it just above the zipper stop, below it, aligned with it....Where? I'm introducing my grandaugher to sewing and I want to make sure I give her sound advice as well as get the answer for myself.

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At 6:20am on September 22, 2010, Birdie said…
Oh I hope you do! It's addicting. It does have its benefits though. I'm certain it counts as exercise because of all the stuffing you have to do to pack their heads full! Hope you get to try one some day. My favorite part is getting to pain on the fabric. It feels so wrong - yet so right LOL
At 8:13am on September 21, 2010, CoraKiceniuk said… Here is the website. I think I have see a couple of the girls here too.
At 9:35am on September 10, 2010, CoraKiceniuk said…
Well I wasn't really sure what a lapped one was. Peg Baker seems to have found a better one. I am just beginning to get serious about garment sewing. Mostly did crafts. Thanks for the appreciation of my dolls. Kind of feel like a kid when they come together.
At 1:03pm on September 3, 2010, Peg Baker said…
A very good tutorial for lapped zipper application:
At 2:19am on August 5, 2010, Patricia McClain Osborne said…
At 1:38pm on July 31, 2010, Peg Baker said…
Hi Debra,

Welcome to SWN! What a pleasure to greet another Virginian!


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