by airyfairy 12 Mar 2018

Just so cross with myself and I am posting as a lesson in not what to do or rather to do. Before inserting a zip for an ITH purse/ bag, please insure that you have tested that the zip actually works. I made a zip bag this morning and when I went to open the zip before putting the back on, the zip refused to budge. Eventually after nearly ruining my hard work it did open. A lesson to be learnt. ☹️


by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018

Thank you for your comments - flowers for all

by Janus48 15 Mar 2018

I quite often buy clothing with zippers in colors I can use at the local thrift I try to always check those zippers. It's even better when they have a "bag sale". Sometimes I can get 6 or even 10 zippers for $2.00 !! At that price, I don't mind ripping some stitches. But you gave me a good reminder to always check the zippers. Thank you.

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018


by smokeythecat 15 Mar 2018

Last time I made an ith zipper bag I forgot to move the zipper to inside the bag so I had to redo the seam around the outside

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018

I have yet to make that mistake. It is sure to happen one day

by basketkase 13 Mar 2018

An yet another reason for me not to work with zippers, Sarah...LOL!! How frustrating that had to be, but thankfully you worked through it.....

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018

You should have a go Vicki. You are just so talented.

by mrskiki 13 Mar 2018

Great tip. I never check zips for my projects. Do check the buying clothes though. Thanks for the reminder. Hugs. Nan w

by killiecrankie 12 Mar 2018

Learnt this lesson years ago.When buying a zip I always zip it up & down to see if it works before I pay for it.Another test I use on zips whether they are in a garment or not,is to pull the top ends of the done up zip apart to see if it opens up,if it comes apart ,it means your garment zip will come undone with movement,very embarrassing in trousers.

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018

As you say......... very embarrassing

by babash 12 Mar 2018

Glad you were able to save your project. I must admit I don't always test a zip myself. But if buying clothes I always give it a good test. Have found some on Jeans that don't work.

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018

I just had to learn the hard way

by dragonflyer 12 Mar 2018

Boo Hoo, sorry this happened to you...and you are so right...lesson learned! I hope you were able to salvage the bag!

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airyfairy by airyfairy 16 Mar 2018

Bag saved

by graceandham 12 Mar 2018

You bought the zipper. How dare it not work! I've never even considered I might get a poor product in a zipper. As we say in the South, "bless your heart".

by asterixsew Moderator 12 Mar 2018

I can see how frustrated you are Sarah. Been there too in the past. Something your not going to forget in the future

by crafter2243 Moderator 12 Mar 2018

That had to be frustrating. I have to admit that I never tested a zipper before. I guess I was just lucky. No mishaps so far.

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jrob by jrob 12 Mar 2018

Me, either. Thank you Sarah for learning the lesson for many of us.

by stork 12 Mar 2018

I have found out the hard way on zippers also!!! Always test them now....

by kustomkuddle 12 Mar 2018

Thank you for sharing. I don't think I have ever tested zippers before inserting!

by gerryvb 12 Mar 2018

good tip for us, good thing it worked after all.

by jofrog2000 12 Mar 2018

OO. Good thing it opened. Rub with a candle or pencil (graphite) It will go easier.

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gerryvb by gerryvb 12 Mar 2018

yes the graphite does work, used it often.