Ever since I started sewing, I have avoided zips. Any project with a zip in it I would look to see if I could still make it without the zip and if not I just wouldn’t make it! So when my mum asked me to make her a cushion cover with a zip my heart sank.
Not to be defeated though I took it on as a challenge! I bought a zip which looked roughly the right length and looked up a few tutorials on how to do it. It looked simple enough, however I just kept moving the fabric around my sewing room, avoiding the inevitable stress! I think what was worrying me more was the fabric. I wont go into the details why but mum choose an easy washable, soft fabric – faux sheepskin style, which is not the best thing to sew with!
When the date came round for sewing club I instantly knew what I was going to take! I hoped someone there would take pity on me and guide me through it! I was so lucky that Sara, a fab experienced sewer took me under her wing and talked me through each step.
I first sewed the side, which the zip was to go on, with a very loose stitch, then pinned on the zip. See how thick the fabric is?!
Now came the bit I was dreading! I attached the zipper foot, positioned it in place and away I went
I literally squealed with delight, exclaiming ‘it’s working’!! I did the same for the other side, then unpicked the original seam, leaving the zip free to move
The hard bit was over and I just had to sew up the other sides and it was done
I had to trim the fabric to stop it catching in the zip, but it did quite a good job of making it an invisible zip!
I admit the fabric wasn’t the best thing to use for my first zip project, however if I can sew this then I can do anything!! I also want to mention how valuable the sewing club is. It’s so nice to be able to chat to like minded people plus share skills! I know for a fact that if Sara hadn’t of helped me the fabric would still be in a pile in the corner and I’d still be avoiding using it! Now I will look at a project with a zip in and not turn the page!