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From: Helen Weiss
Date: 11-29-2005, 10:06 PM (1 of 7)
I'm wondering if anyone has used an invisible zipper in a decorator cushion. I don't like the look of a zipper in such pillows and usually hand stitch the opening closed. Maybe the invisible zippers used in RTW are too fine?
User: Helen Weiss
Member since: 10-16-2003
Total posts: 69
From: beachgirl
Date: 11-30-2005, 12:12 AM (2 of 7)
I've never tried an invisible zipper in a cushion before either. What I'd do is if you have some scrap pieces left over, try the zipper in that to see how you feel about the look of it. I mean just sew in the zipper with 2 scraps of the fabric. I'm not crazy about zippers in pillows or cushions either.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: AndreaSews
Date: 12-01-2005, 08:10 PM (3 of 7)
My sense is that it depends on how "stuffed" the cushion is. Even in clothing, if the fit is too tight, the zipper will not be invisible. Most deorator cushions that I've fiddled with are fairly tough to stuff into their cases and close, which gives them a nice plush look and feel. I think they'd fill out the little bit of "give" in an invisible zipper. I'm partial to a lapped zipper application. Obscured beside some trim on the back side and near a seam, it goes unnoticed. Even if it's down the center of the back, with a wide (over)lap, it lends a neat appearance.
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Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: jenny-o
Date: 12-06-2005, 08:28 PM (4 of 7)
I use the invisible zippers on all throw type pillows. I am not sure exactly what type you are making though. I have done loads of them in the last few months on a variety of fabrics. You can put the zipper right next to the covered cording and it really will be invisible. I have also put the zipper about an inch from the edge for particularly bulky fabrics (doing it this way is a lot easier on any fabric). I would also move the zipper a bit away from the edge if I were making a pillow without cording, if it is right along the seam edge it can sort of pull open a bit.
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: crazy4quilting
Date: 03-11-2006, 06:48 AM (5 of 7)

Just wanted to offer this website link on invisible zippers. Has practically every othe zipper application as well (smile) Happy Sewing!,2025,DIY_14143_2277028,00.html
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User: crazy4quilting
Member since: 03-14-2002
Total posts: 51
From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-11-2006, 09:51 PM (6 of 7)
I never put openings in 'decorator' pillows, they aren't meant to be washed and fabric is usually silk, brocade, etc. I sew mine shut and don't let my husband touch them. (he's a spiller...)
But I think puting an invisible zipper in, if you're gonna wash, is a good idea.
(we don't have kids, pets on the furniture, I don't worry about washing pillows that just sit on things...)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: paroper
Date: 03-13-2006, 04:49 AM (7 of 7)
I usually put a little heavier gauge zipper in chair cushions. Do you think that the invisible zippers are strong enough. The way they wrap back on themselves I would think that they might not be as heavy...don't know.

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