Sunni, of A Fashionable Stitch, has re-posted her tutorial on installing invisible zippers. It is, in a word, excellent! However, right from the get-go, she admits to not being the biggest fan of the invisible zipper. Hmmm, sez me. Well, it appears that invisible zippers aren't the strongest zips in the hood. Not really a big surprise given my recent experience, and it was at this point in time that my wild and wonderful imagination surged into action. A series of vivid mental images, each illuminating the troubling possibility of a serious wardrobe malfunction, played, and replayed, on my personal movie screen. I mean, sure, I love showing off the innards of my makes, but NOT when I'm actually wearing them. Now to be fair, Sunni's post is not all doom and gloom. Quite the contrary. It's a straightforward 'how to' with some cautionary tips. Yet...reading it so soon after my struggles was a lot like being asked to get on the ship that sailed after The Titanic. You know? Everything suddenly started to sound risky and full of danger. For example, one of Sunni's cautions is against ironing the zipper coils, don't. just don't do it. ever. err, 'k...my learnedness of invisible zippers was to cautiously iron the zipper tape flat before installing, so all's good, right?...no, not really. Now I'm starting to doubt myself...thinking back to my previous makes...how much did my iron touch the coils, what temp was the iron, blah-di-blah-di-blah-blah.
But, pulling myself back to the present, I know I'm nothing, if not a trooper, so I march forward with my latest make...my Dolly Clackett Dress. I mean, I already have the invisible zipper, and thirteen million three hundred thousand invisible zippers installed can't be wrong...and...this zip, why hello, turns out this zip is a different brand than my previous zips...so it must be better. Right? Yep! I'm certain it's better, 'cause it's the only one I gots and I needs it now. That's that. So, with great caution, I iron the zipper tape, and, this is was I get...
So, the burning question. Are invisible zippers in my sewing future? Well, the bloom is definitely off the rose, but I'm not saying never. I think I need You to give me me a boost and a wee bit of confidence. I've got about a half a dozen garments that are sewn with an invisible zipper. Do you sew with invisible zippers? Do you have an invisible zipper foot? What brand of invisible zipper do you use? Have you had zipper disasters? Wardrobe malfunctions? My non-sewing friends, if you have stoically made it to the end of this post, I applaud you. I thank you. And I ask of you, have you had ready-to-wear zipper failures? As much as I want to read a gazillion comments all praising the invisible zipper, I really. honestly. need. to know the real goods.
As always, I love that you're here, and I love hearing your thoughts!