Friday, January 8, 2010

Zipper Installation Take 1

Failed.     Just, failed.  I'm not even going to include a picture.

I'll have to come up with a different approach.  This shouldn't be this hard!

10 comments:

  1. Just remember that you're attaching a relatively rigid fabric to a much more flexible one. Go slowly, pay attention to whether you're distorting the knitting, and you'll get it. Eventually. :-)

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  2. Lots of pins. Or take it to your LYS and pay them to do it. ;-) (Because I know you have the money.) Actually, I'm sure it's a good skill to have, so here's your chance to develop a new skill! Go 2010! Or something. I'm tired. Good bye.

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  3. zippers are a PITA, even on something like cotton fabric, moreso on knits. Mel's advice is good! And so is your sister's.

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  4. maybe combine the two suggestions and pay someone at your LYS to watch you and point out problems and hold your hand?

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  5. Hi Peter- I'm finally getting back to reading blogs- I did a zipper workshop with an instructor friend of mine a few months ago. I found that my favorite method for hand sewing in a zipper came from Barbara Abbey. She suggests working a firm crochet chain along the inside edge of your selvage, and sewing the zipper to the crochet chain. It worked very well for me. Good luck!

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  6. I've never done a zipper with knitting. It is tricky with fabric, so I can imagine it gets a bit more stressful when you add knitting in the mix. Good luck!

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  7. You are so brave! The one sweater I have in mind to knit that requires a zipper was going to be shipped off to a family member who is not only a seamstress but a knitter. Perhaps there is hope for me yet!

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  8. The zipper you sewed on my sweater works great! Don't give up hope! I would suggest back-stitching, but then again I don't know anything about sewing anything to knitting, and I'm sure as Lisa says it's a PITA. Do sewing machines generally tear up the knitting if you do that?

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  9. OMG. I have a sweater sitting on the kitchen counter with a zipper pinned in. I'm just not happy with how it's laying and I DON'T WANNA MESS UP MY LOVELY SWEATER!!!!!

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  10. Ouch. I've never sewn a zipper to a knitted piece before but I have put in lining with some success. The keys are lots of pins and patience. Good luck!!

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