Nov
01
2008

  I Learned How To Sew An Invisible Zipper

I went to Viking Club this afternoon, and we got a Halloween "treat" for attending-- we got to select a free project kit from a bunch that were leftover from workshops held earlier in the year. I chose to make a travel-tissue case, not because I needed it most (really I could have used another eyeglass case), but because that one featured an invisible zipper and I've never been able to sew one correctly and I wanted to learn.

I actually had to try several times to get it right, even though we were using a special invisible zipper foot on the machine. I had a hard time holding the zipper teeth facedown while feeding the zipper through the foot, so the zipper was clearly visible. Fortunately, the instructor was able to help me get it right, so I eventually sewed it up correctly, and now have a tissue-holder with an invisible zipper.

I also had to serge the edges several times since the first edge I sewed with the serger foot still in the "up" position so the stitches were very loose, and the bottom edge seam didn't catch all layers of the fabric. I've never been very good at using a serger, but I only use it during classes so I don't have a lot of practice with it, either.

But eventually, I did finish the whole project and put it immediately to use in my purse. I'm never without a travel pack of tissues, and the plastic cover does look pretty trashy after a few weeks at the bottom of the purse, so the cover will be nice, especially for winter when I pull them out a lot.

I also signed up for the quilting club, and purchased fabric to make my first quilt. I've been thinking about making a quilt for a few months now, but haven't done anything about it, so realistically I guess I need the structure of the class to get motivated. It's easier for me to learn new things in a class than by myself. I'm not sure whether it's a matter of having better motivation in a class, or if I learn better by observing, but either way it's more effective for me than just trying to learn from a book.

I want to finish my quilt by April, even though the course runs through May. But the instructor said they slow down a lot towards the end during class, and I could easily finish in April if I worked ahead a little bit. I've already missed the first class, so I have one block to catch up on already. But I don't mind sewing at home, I might wind up finishing the quilt VERY early if I get into it. I guess I'll see how it goes, the first class I'll attend will be on November 14th.