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From: GFranklin
Date: 05-18-2007, 05:20 PM (1 of 7)
No matter how carefully I place, baste, and stitch a zipper, one side is always just a smidge higher than the other at the top. What on earth am I doing wrong?
User: GFranklin
Member since: 07-04-2004
Total posts: 101
From: MartySews2
Date: 05-18-2007, 05:51 PM (2 of 7)
Are you using the directional sewing method? /\ I find that zippers look more professional when sewn from the bottom to the top on each side. Hope this helps.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: DorothyL
Date: 05-18-2007, 06:35 PM (3 of 7)
Bottom to top or top to bottom -- just be sure you sew in the same direction on both sides.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: VenusElaine
Date: 05-18-2007, 08:58 PM (4 of 7)
I could not agree more! This is why I use the cording feet on my commercial machine to replace invisible zippers, as they sew from each side, rather than in one direction only. Much easier to match!

"Always put as much effort into your marriage as you do into your wedding."
User: VenusElaine
Member since: 10-22-2005
Total posts: 126
From: paroper
Date: 05-19-2007, 09:39 AM (5 of 7)
Always sew from the bottom to the has to do with the grain of the fabric.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: GFranklin
Date: 05-21-2007, 04:06 PM (6 of 7)
thank you all very much. I am going to try bottom up on both sides for the next pair of pants. It is really frustrating to measure, fit, and sew and then have that lopsided zipper staring at you:bluesad:
User: GFranklin
Member since: 07-04-2004
Total posts: 101
From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 05-21-2007, 09:11 PM (7 of 7)
I always had this problem, then I decided to cut strips of iron-on interfacing the seam width and iron them on wrong sides and then pin the zipper in on one side and baste it in,then sew if I'm happy with the placement. Then turn the garment so the other interfacing is up and pin in the other side of the zipper making sure to make the bottom and top in the corresponing position as the other side and matching any other cross seams and then pin the rest in and baste it in and check it again and then sew. If I don't do this it never comes out correct.
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
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