Sunday, May 30, 2010

Spoiler alert

I guess there comes a time in people's lives when they stop believing in certain things.
Maybe they stop believing in fairies or Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny....

Well there is no such thing as invisible zips!

Seriously ...if we had the power to make things truly ruly invisible, we would hardly be using it on zips would we ?

46 comments:

  1. hey, have you heard of invisible sewing thread? ? what the heck is THAT?! how do you thread your needle?! heh

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  2. Now Jodie, it's a bit hard to tell with grey on grey what zipper foot did you use? That doesn't look like the work of an invisible zipper foot to me.

    (Although it is hard to tell from this distance.)

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  3. Tut-tut!! Still don't see what all the woohaa about invisible zips or any zips is. Just get an old packet and follow the directions adding an extra 1/2cm to your seam and hey presto! lovely neat zips. And they all become invisible if you put a jacket on anyway. Cherrie

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  4. And a bit hard to understand what I mean when I leave out of sentences.

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  5. I just got an invisible zipper foot this weekend, and now I don't know why I waited so long, its amazing! I think everyone should have one...

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  6. ROFL at first glance I thought that was a picture of your butt! (After noticing the zip I'm assuming it's not...you don't have a zipper there do you???)

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  7. Ha ha! Damn zips always misbehaving. Something needs to be done.
    :)

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  8. If you make your eyes go blurry you can hardly see it! Good job.

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  9. You definitely have a point there, and it's probably why I never bother using them either!

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  10. I SO SO agree with you on this one!! Although you have done a mighty fine job of getting it almost invisible :)

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  11. SEP field as invented by Douglas Adams, renders most things invisible.

    (Somebody Else's Problem)

    Invisible zippers. Nope. You mean Concealed zippers. Semantics, I know, but lowers expectations slightly.

    Success versus failure depends on 2 things, thickness of fabric and how close you stitch to the teeth. You can only change the latter! If you stitch too close to the teeth, the zip won't work. So sometimes a lapped zipper is in fact a neater option.

    Yes a concealed zipper foot for your machine can improve results - but the generic plastic ones break, easily.

    HTH.

    Nice grey by the way!

    Cheers,
    AJ

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  12. Hmm! No, I dont think I believe in invisible zips! Is invisibility part of your real life? ;-)

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  13. Fantastic! Totally with you on this one. I don't think my kids would get that excited about invisible zips unfortunately.

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  14. I just bought an invisible zipper foot, haven't used it yet - I was hoping it worked miracles.

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  15. Jodie don't give up. Invisible zips are way EASIER than normal zips.

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  16. you are right invisible zips are a challenge but they do look better than your normal run of the mill zips........in skirts anyway.....

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  17. I'm with you - why waste invisibility on zippers? I'd much rather the invisible pant gusset.

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  18. Not quite with the idea why, of ALL the things in the world, zips need be invisible. Ok, on a wedding dress, you don't want a whopping big arse zipper showing like you're part punk, but do we really have guess how/ where/ what makes the dress able to open & close, no. Gosh, look at the support against the invisible zipper, love Posie

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  19. Completely agree Jodie.... why waste such a cool superpower on something so mundane!!

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  20. So does that mean I could get invisible-zip-phobia as well as the zip-phobia I have already??

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  21. I'm with Jan....I hate zips!! Thats why I knit! ;-)

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  22. Once you have conquered the invisible zip you will never use anything other kind!
    It looks like you have used a regular foot and have stitched down the sides?!

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  23. You are too funny! Loved this post.

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  24. Oh honey, don't give up read the directions and try it on your next project. Once you GET it you'll never go back to crappy old zips.

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  25. And what about invisible hem stitch?

    Sometimes I use a very obvious zip colour and make it a feature of the skirt. {And now I know why one of my favourite designers - Veronika Maine - uses a lot of exposed zippers. She doesn't have an invisible zipper foot, hey!}.

    I do think with practice the magic does start to work better and better. Why is sewing zips so stupidly hard, I mean really... it's just a zip.

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  26. LOL. Do you know what my pet peeve is- "invisible" bra straps! Those clear plastic ones- they're hideous! I'd much rather see a plain fabric bra strap than one of those. No offense to anyone who has them. LOL. xo m.

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  27. Seriously---if we're throwing around invisibility, couldn't we use it on something worth hiding? Like, for example, my hips?

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  28. hahaha I gave up on invisible zips years ago... and if we had the power to make things invisible you'd think we would have the power just to magically put the zip in anyway.... or invent clothing that doesn't need fastenings!

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  29. You're so funny! I've had fun catching up on your posts and found it funny that you and Annie were at Sewjourn when I was with Jan. If a=b and b=c, then a=c. Which means I was practically with you!!!

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  30. I hate zips, both visible and invisible, they never look good when I try to sew them!

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  31. Thats why I was jumping up and down and trying to get Lara and Nikki to show me how to do it!! .. but I bought the plastic foot and Lara told me it was wrong :( off to spend more money soon

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  32. At the risk of sounding unsympathetic and pushy, I found a really good tutorial today at

    http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-04-13T06%3A21%3A00%2B12%3A00&max-results=7
    for inserting invisible zips. A post or two later she did another one on facing invisible zips - really helpful!

    Now, if things could truly be rendered invisible, I'd like to vote for the extra padding on my thighs please. THAT would be a worthwhile subject!

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  33. Give me invisible muffin top over invisible zip any old day of the week...

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  34. You know, if I don't look at the picture, I don't see the zipper at all! ;)

    I'm not too keen on invisible zippers either, they're a pain to sew (I don't have an invisible zipper foot, so I sew them by hand) and they don't really stay invisible like they should.

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  35. Why are Zippers one of those things we HATE to tackle. I didn't have any trouble in my sewing class 8+ years ago but now because of all the talk about zippers I don't want to do anything with a zipper lol
    And I totally agree I wouldn't be using "invisible" for my stupid zipper :)
    Valerie
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/vals-quilting/

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  36. Oh you are a braver woman than I. I almost see zip in the haberdashery list and move on. I hate zips. I have a phobia. It's true.
    Thanks for the well wishes. A bumpy forecast? Sounds like I could well be throwing up sometime soon. I'll try and keep it all down.

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  37. Oh, this made me laugh outright. Don't feel bad. You have amazing talent in so many areas!
    Anna

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  38. That's much less visible than any zip I've ever sewn...

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  39. The invisible zip fairy never ever visits my household....I'm glad I now have permission to stop believing. I thought she just had a grudge against me.

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  40. Ha Ha Ha! I thought it was just me. Or maybe that I needed a better foot. Or more practice. Thanks for dispelling that myth.

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  41. i get quite a goo invisible zipp, by tacking my seam together first just using the longest stitch on my machine. then i iron the seam flat open (so left sean ironed to the left and right to the right).

    Pin my zip in - you should not be able to see the zip as the closed seam will cover the teeth. Then sew zip your standard zipper foot. I find that it is only necessary to sew the top stitch using this method.

    then use your picket and just unpick your tacking stitch and your sip should then be invisible!!

    gOOD LUCK!

    Cleo

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  42. sorry on flu meds, so excuse the speliiiing mistakes!! ooops!!
    lets try that again ..

    i get quite a good invisible zipper, by tacking my seam closed first just using the longest stitch on my machine. Then I iron the seam flat open (so left seam ironed to the left and right seam to the right).

    Then I pin my zip in, with the teeth in the middle of the open seam - you should not be able to see the zip as the closed seam will cover the teeth. Then sew zip (right side up) your standard zipper foot. I find that it is only necessary to sew the top stitch when using this method.

    Then use your 'unpicker'and just unpick your tacking stitch and your zip should now be invisible!!

    hope that that was more coooherent!!!

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  43. I've had a shit of day and that has just cheered me up no end. :)

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Hellloooooo !!!!