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How to insert a zip in a cushion with Jennie Rayment

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Workshop Notes:

Inserting a Zip

Although I am an ardent sewing machine fan, inserting a zip can also be done by hand using a series of small back stitches where any machine sewing is indicated.

When purchasing a zip, it is not important for the zip to measure the full width of the article; 16”- 18” (40cm - 45cm) pads can be fitted through the aperture of a 12” (30cm) zip. Alternatively, extra long plastic toothed zips bought in the bargain store are ideal as they be trimmed easily to the required length.

1. Measure the overall width and length of the article. Cut a rectangle of fabric the same width but 1½” (4.5cm) longer. Cut out with the longer length down the grain, i.e. selvedge down the length.

2. Fold up 4” (10cm) on the longer sides, R/S together. Press the fold. Lay the zip on the fold and with a pencil, mark the beginning and end of the teeth, or approximately 1½” (4.5cm) from outer edge.

3. Sew from the outer edge to this mark using ¾” (2cm) S/A. Sew forward then reverse for a firm seam.

4. Slit this edge and press open the seams.

5. Lay the zip in the opening, placed face down - otherwise it is very hard to open! Fasten the zip head end to the seam with a pin on either side.

6. Put the zipper foot on the machine; the foot is now on the left of the needle, i.e. needle on the inside. Turn the material over, R/S facing. Open the zip 2” (5cm) and commence sewing with a small seam, approximately ¼” (0.75cm).

Drop the needle into the work when the zip head is reached, raise the presser foot, slide the zip head past. Continue sewing until the end of the zip, lining up the fold with mid-point of the zip teeth, turn and sew across the end. Watch the needle if the teeth are metal!

7. Take a slightly larger seam on the return journey, lapping the top fold fractionally over the lower fold. This overlap will prevent teeth showing when the pad is inserted.

Drop the needle into the work approximately 2” (5cm) from end, slide the zip head past and continue to the end; turn and complete the seam. Finish off by pulling threads through to the back, tie together and either trim or weave ends into fabric seam with a needle.

Congratulate yourself! Open the zip a few inches or it will be awkward to move when you have applied the back.

Text taken from Tucks Textures & Pleats - Copyright Jennie Rayment 2012 - this text is protected by Copyright laws

Jennie shows you how to give all your cushions that professional finish with the addition of a zip – easy when you know how.

Jennie teaches a wide variety of classes for all levels and abilities of sewers from patchworkers, quilters and embroiderers to fashion, soft furnishing and home décor enthusiasts.

Contact Jennie:
email: jenrayment@aol.com
web site: www.jennierayment.com

5 Queen Street, Emsworth, Hampshire
PO10 7BJ, UK
Tel: 01243 374860

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