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Jinxes and Hijnks

2011 October 7
by elizabeth_admin

So I think I jinxed myself by posting about my incremental progress on the Cashmere Goddess.  Oy!  The last two nights have been a study on how slow I can progress. 

First, I had problems interfacing my facings and the corduroy.  I don’t know what went wrong or what I did incorrectly, but I couldn’t get any of my interfacing to adhere to anything.  I’m sure it’s user error, but I just can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.  I emailed Pam from Fashion Sewing Supply and she had some great suggestions.  By the way, she has the best customer service.  She emails back almost instantaneously and totally backs up her product which is already ah-may-zing.  I totally recommend her interfacing.  As I said earlier, I am sure it was my fault that I had any problem at all because every other time I’ve used her interfacing, it’s worked beautifully.

Then, last night it took me 2 hours, TWO WHOLE HOURS, to insert a measly 8-inch zipper.  I lost count how many times I inserted the dratted thing.  I am so happy I had interfaced the side seam ahead of time, as the seam itself did not stretch out of shape.  The problem?  I kept getting a pucker on the bottom of the zipper.  My last ditch maneuver was to unpick the seam below the zipper and ease out the pucker when I resewed it, and that did the trick.  If it hadn’t?  Well, let’s just say this skirt was going to be worn with long sweaters all the time going forward.  But, I won’t have to do that now.  Phew.  I may have won the battle in the end, but I was left feeling like I had lost the war with that zipper.  It just lay there, shining its burnt orangeness at me and mocking me with that pucker.  That is, until I fixed it but good. 

The battleground…


I have not yet pressed this seam, but already it looks 300 times better than the puckery mess it was earlier.  AND, the best part?  It’s an “invisible” invisible zipper.  Unfortunately, I have no idea when I will be able to finish this skirt as my social life is about to pick up again.  On top of that, this weekend I have to go couch shopping.  The little boy who lives with me, but who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, likes to jump on the couch and it is now, sadly, sagging to the ground in the middle.  All my future houseguests will thank me for purchasing a new couch pronto (I’m looking at you Susie!).

I have to ask:  Is it just me or are you also getting the feeling that Karen has jinxed this skirt from the get go with her malicious coveting of my cashmere loveliness?

In other sewing news, I got a response from Kathleen Fasanella on my question about interfacing hems.  Yeah!  Check out the comment section on this post.

Happy sewing and interfacing!

13 Responses leave one →
  1. Claudine permalink
    October 7, 2011

    When inserting an invisible zip, sew the seam after putting in the zip.

    • sewer permalink
      October 8, 2011

      That’s the way it’s normally taught. There is a way to insert the i-zip with the seam sewn that avoids the bump. Part of the seam is based. I believe the method can be found on the web.

  2. October 7, 2011

    Whoa – I might have to sabotage that as well. WANT. Plus, I just want to sew again (been a few months). So I’m living vicariously through you. Oh yea, I also need a new couch. Damn! 🙂

  3. October 7, 2011

    I’ve been fitting my cigarette pants for like a week now, and last night I finally resorted to drafting the pants myself since fitting was such a pain. It’s OK to be a slow sewist, it’s not a race! 🙂

  4. October 7, 2011

    Drats, you found me out!

    So just give in and send it to me already.

  5. October 7, 2011

    I think it looks nice now! For invisibles, I started inserting the zipper first, then sewing the rest of the seam – this has worked wonders for me. I used to get such puckery messes, but now I love the way my invisibles turn out. Can’t wait to see the finished skirt!

  6. October 7, 2011

    Pam is fantastic with the customer service – more than once she’s come to my rescue! Um, I think you’ve got a small army coveting your skirt…

  7. October 8, 2011

    Mushywear pointed me to these tips for inserting invisible zips as found on sunny gal studio’s blog and they helped me a lot!

  8. October 9, 2011

    So very happy that your zipper is no longer puckering.

    Even more happy to read that you are going couch shopping… and I promise not to jump on it whilst I am guesting there!


  9. October 9, 2011

    All is well that ends well. Your invisible zipper looks exactly that!

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