cringe* Ok...so I've never installed a zipper - there, I admitted it, along with all my other sewing shortcomings in previous posts. Not only have I neglected installing a zipper, I've avoided it like the plague. I keep old zippers I've cut out of a variety of discarded clothes, in a jar for looks in hopes that I'll take the plunge one day. It seems so difficult, so complicated, so bothersome, even though I've never (before today) inquired as to how it's done. Just writing about it makes me feel all knotted up.
I have a kind of Birkenstock-ish, free spirited hippie's approach to sewing - "nothin' too hard,
maaan, make your own pattern, do your own thing" and it has served me well until now. Now I want to make a zippered skirt. I'm making a skirt now, which is based on a skirt I bought at a store, but it will have a drawstring because I'm a noob...a zipper chicken. Learning to add a zipper would be like a flower child asking "the man" to show her how to make a presentation at a board meeting, right? *shudder* So I have gotten away with it up to this point.
We all have to grow up sometime and leave our simple flower child ways if we want anything that looks professional. I figure I'm getting too
mature to avoid invisible zippers any longer. I must grow up, drop the flower child pose and turn into "the (wo)man". If you've used the same zipper avoidance techniques I have, no doubt it's left you, and your unsuspecting children perhaps, with elastic or drawstring waistlines. We must admit that no matter how easy those are to pull off, it doesn't look as good. Perhaps it's time you branched out into the grown up world of sewing...........while I watch to see how it turns out! : )
Want a tutorial? I did!
I found a few on Youtube to put in this post. Here's a quick one where the narrator sounds like an instruction manual, similar to the way we write down a recipe when we're in a hurry, lacking prepositions...I have the feeling she might be leaving some things out of the process, but then again I'm a zipper virgin so you can't take my word for it.
Here's a real snorer of a tutorial, but it got the job done quickly I suppose. I love, love, love the sound of her sewing machine, which looks like it must be some kind of industrial model. My trusty, old Kenmore sounds like rush hour traffic, but it works.
Here the last one and the one I'll probably follow. It's a tad on the boring and dimly lit side, but it seemed like it was a complete tutorial. It's a 2 parter, but I've only included the first. Now tell me if you know, Where on earth is she from? Her accent is a mystery. Also if you have a better invisible zipper tutorial, do share!