Just thought I'd let everyone know. Just completed the 4x4 kitty purse design by suedewsbury. Had no problem opening the zipper. Thank you all for your help.
OK>>>>.... more info!!!! I'm heading off now to Spotlight to get some nylon zips and I will, I will, I will have a zippered ME project done by nightfall.... I hope.
You ladies who add your 'tuppenceworth', as 'they' say, are just the very best helpers in the world. Do you know just how encouraging your comments are to people like me who can't actually visualise the operation before beginning a project????
Even the smallest comment can be the very one that will spur me on to try out new things. You mightn't think it's much, you might even doubt the time it took to type the message was worth it, but, believe me, I am just as grateful (maybe even more so since I wasn't the one brave enough to ask the question) as tilde01 that you did put in your little bit of info.
Again..... thank you to all for freeing me of my demons that have plagued me for.....(ever???) about putting in zips in ME designs and projects.
PS.... little promise.... Dear HVDII, My Friend, I promise I will try hard not hurt you.......
glad my question, spurred you to try.
1.The zip should be the right way up on the stabiliser.
2. You must open it half way before addingthe final layer.
3. In my designs, when you look at the back of the design, you will be able to pick out the line of stitching that you used the place the zip. If you snip the stitching at each end, you can use this as a kind of quick release pull strip to remove the stabiliser.
4. If necessary curl the finished article around your hand to that you can feel the zip pull. Slide the fabric which is between you and it so that it is loose. Then you can hold the pull to open it all the way.
Hope that helpd (and makes sense!)
I always cut the stabiliser that is under the zip. You don't need it anyway. Always make sure that you open the zip before placing the last piece of fabric on and that way you will have no trouble with realignment. Love and blessings Chris
My problem is that I can't open the zipper at all because of the stabilizer. What do you do to get it open and not tear the stabilizer?
I think the zipper should be right side up when you place it on the stabiliser so that you have access to the pull tab, not with the pull tab against the stabiliser. I could be talking through my hat as I haven't tried one yet. Bev.
The zipper pull is right side up. There is no room between the zipper and the stabilizer and I feel like I need to use plyers to pull it open. That just doesn't seem correct.
try to take the hoop out of the machine lie flat and secure with one hand near the zip, open the zipper halfway and put hoop back in - workes for me
I did one by poking a seam ripper carefully through the stabiliser.
suedewsbury, I'll try this. I really really like your different ITH purses.
thats what I do, cut the middle of the stabilizer then put it back on machine and continue.
I'm afarid of the zipper...don't want to damage my machine..
Most zipper projects have step by step directions with pictures! I know embroidery garden and purple hat do.
Five star fonts has great directions too. So does moosebstitchin.
Did you open the Zip to at least half way before you attached the last piece?
That's what all the directions say to do in all the zippered projects I have. It's worked great for me. I have the hardest time getting a the "jibbles " of tear-away out of the pocket.
"jibbles" I like that term, it's a new one for me. But I agree those "jibbles" are a pain. :) Susan
Because of the stabilizer, it won't let me open the zipper without tearing the stabilizer, then I don't have good registration to put on the final piece for the last color.
Don't try to remove the stabiliser over the zip until all the back is stitched on - then nothing will move!