Zippers. Some people fear them. I say, for the most part, a placket of button holes is far more intimidating to me. But still, they take some practice. And after viewing my amazing attempts in the next few posts, you all are going to think I need a TON more practice with them. Especially fly fronts. *shaking fist in the air* CURSE YOU FLY FRONT ZIPPERS! I really don’t enjoy doing them. But we’ll deal with that in a minute.
First, you need a zipper foot. Why? Because a regular foot is going to struggle over the teeth of the zipper and cause issues. A zipper foot is sort of like half a foot. It stays off to the side, still running over the tape edge of the zipper, but away from the metal/plastic feet. Here is a pic of two zipper feet. The one on the left belongs to Christie who owns a Singer (and who I made run home and get hers so I could get a picture of it last week), the other to my Viking. On either the foot is attached to the shaft on either side of the bars you see in the middle of the feet, depending on which side of the foot the zipper is.
Yours may look a little different, but the idea is the same-no foot over the top of where the zipper would be.
There is also a special zipper foot for sewing an invisible zipper technique. I don’t have one of those. It’s funky and if you have one, you most likely know more about zippers than I even come close to and I ask you to not read further because then you’ll see what a dweeb I am. Anyway, we won’t go over the Invisible Zipper Application in the book today(maybe ever?) on account of my lacking the fancy-shmancy required foot.
What I will go over today is:
Ready, set, go.