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From: JoaniesJosh
Date: 01-04-2007, 08:42 PM (1 of 3)
I've decided to make my daughter-in-law a maternity dress out of a knit fabric (something close to a heavy suede). Has anyone ever put a zipper into a knitted fabric? Do you have any tips for me? I've been out of sewing for several years, and now want to get back into it, having just retired.

Thank you - Joanie
User: JoaniesJosh
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 17
From: kmccrea
Date: 01-06-2007, 12:34 PM (2 of 3)
Hello, Joanie!
Congratulations on your decision to take up sewing again.
A couple of quick tips for you, if you are inserting a regular zipper, use a zipper foot and take your time. For an invisible zipper one can use a roller foot or a cording foot. In either case, if your knit is particularly stretchy or you feel it's a little thin, stabilize the opening with an interfacing (tricot works well) suitable for the fabric's weight. I don't use fusibles unless I want the fabric to be stiff and they really don't adhere well to synthetic fabrics.
Do not, I repeat DO NOT sew down one side of the zipper and up the other or you will get ripples galore and your garment will not drape correctly. Sew in the same direction on both sides of the opening (up or down, does not matter).
Use your favorite method to baste the zipper in place. I love the tacky fusible web. Again, taking your time is key. I just cannot stress that enough.
Good luck and please post pictures of your finished project!
Katherine McCrea
Designer At Large
User: kmccrea
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 173
From: JoaniesJosh
Date: 01-18-2007, 02:26 PM (3 of 3)
Thank you, Kay. The invisible zipper came out beautifully. The seams on either side of the zipper matched perfectly. I did use the fusible tricot interfacing. I even used it around the neck, even though the Vogue pattern didn't call for interfacting there. I didn't want the neckline to stretch out of line.
I have another question regarding buttonhold elastic in maternity skirts.

User: JoaniesJosh
Member since: 05-15-2006
Total posts: 17
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