Friday, February 5, 2010

Zipper debate

I was prompted to share my thoughts regarding zippers when I read this post. Gertie addresses the invisible zipper issue.

Here's my official position. When I put a zipper in the side seam, I reach for an invisible zip. As hard as I try I cannot keep everything as flat as I'd like with any other method of insertion. I have tried. Believe me I've tried, because I hate invisible zippers. I love them in concept, but hate the plastic teeth and find them very poorly made. I'd choose a vintage zipper over new every time. Besides they come in such yummy colors. How about poppy, tango, mignonette, temple gold, moss green, frosty blue, devil red, mulberry, toast....

Steel grey, a perfect match.


willywagtail said...

I have never tried inserting an invisible zip. The idea scares me to death. I must say I totally preferred the zip foot on my 30 year old Elna. The modern Brother one just doesn't cut it. Maybe that is why some have trouble with insertions. Cherrie

Mrs Grackle said...

Gosh, I love invisible zippers! I think the secret to a good installation is to iron the coils VERY flat and just use the foot the zipper manufacturer provides. I find them to be one of the easiest things to sew. You need to use fusible interfacing in the zipper area and don't ever sew the seam first. Beautiful!