I would like to introduce this chap to you. He is Mr Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-American electrical engineer who is commonly associated with his work on inventing the modern day zipper. Funnily enough the basic principal of the zipper hasn’t really changed since he patented his invention on the 20th March 1917. Just in case anybody is curious, we didn’t name our son after this particular Gideon!
This week’s top tip is just a little snippet of some zip facts that will help you use them. I’m also running a zip workshop on Saturday, 8th July 2017 if you fancy learning lots and lots of zip techniques!
The gap between where the runner sits and tape finishes should measure 1.5 cm – this allows you to insert the zip and still have a seam allowance to play with for finishing the edge, inserting into a facing or incorporating the zip into a waistband.
Zips are purchased according to the length of the teeth and not the tape.
To avoid pushing the fabric, machine both sides of the zipper in the same direction. This should ease the likelihood of having a mismatched waist seam on a two piece dress or creating ‘drag’ down one side of the zipper.
If you have enjoyed these tips and would like to develop your zippy skills join me for a day’s Zip Workshop on Saturday, 8th July. I will teach you how to insert both concealed and closed end zippers using hand and machine techniques as well as how to pop a zip into an internal lining. The cost of the workshop is £60.00 including all resources and tea/cake refreshments. You can book on line via the website www.felixstowesewingschool.co.uk/courses or message me.