Thursday, March 25, 2010

Making the 1/2 Circle Bag PART TWO

Change the presser foot to a zipper foot and set the machine for regular stitching.

Zipper foot.........

Machine settings......

Align the zipper with the zipper foot and stitch straight down one side of the zipper, removing pins and straightening as you go.

At some point you will need to leave the needle down, lift the presser foot, and slide the zipper pull out of your way.

Pin the second side of the zipper to the other folded fabric strip, keeping the short ends even.

Sew the second side of the zipper the same way you did the first.

The short ends should be even when you are finished.

OPTIONAL STEP: Cut the 4" ribbon scrap in half. Fold each 2" piece in half and pin over the ends of the zipper, keeping the raw edges even. Baste.

Cut the 4" x 2 1/2" fabric piece in half the long way.

Pin over the ends of the zipper, right sides together and sew in a 1/4" seam.

NICE TOUCH, but not required.... Press the seam allowances toward the short ends and topstitch the seam allowances down.

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