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Zippers!

Tons of them. $1.50’s worth at a crazy northwest side Unique I’d never been to.

zipper bag $1.49

Ranges from 7 to 18 inches. All metal.

zippers unpacked

Mostly all functioning. Some reclaimed from other things.

zippers laid out

Grand total: 55 for about $.02 apiece.

Zippety doo dah!

Huzzah! After much online shipping stalking, my new feet arrived!

A good run on etsy funded this little purchase:

  • One zipper foot for a fussy old slant-shaft Singer that would not take the store-bought zipper foot
  • One narrow hemming foot
  • and the slant shank to hold them all together.

foot, zipper, hemming, singer, stylist 776

I’m this company’s newest fan.

They charged for a priority envelope’s worth of shipping and let me cram in what fit. I called to make sure the parts would fit my Singer Stylist and the lady who answered totally hooked me up. Also when you place an order, you have to enter the machine model # you’re using the parts on. Did I mention there also was an online 20% off coupon? Looking back, I should have ordered more.

Thank you, Sewing Machines Plus.

I can finish up some stuff properly, now, like that poor little purple pocketed dress languishing in a box.

zipper waiting to be set

It was getting really lonely avoiding zippers.

What if I said ‘F that zipper’?

And just sew up the back?

I’m making this Simplicity 3506 dress from this other little knit thrifted dress.

And I ended up cutting the front of the Simplicity from the front of a shirtdress with buttons halfway up the front. Only one button and buttonhole survived, but one button and buttonhole still function.


So I sewed up the center back to the notch as written. Sewed the shoulders, pressed seam allowances flat and then, Aha!

What if I don’t have to insert a zipper up the back? What if the V-neck of the dress combined with the buttoned up placket of the fabric were enough to poke my fat head through? Like I just sewed it up neatly, like this?


Goddamnit, I think that’ll do. I think it’ll work.

F that zipper now!

But I love you, Stylist 776

The difficulty in finding feet to fit my darling Singer Stylist 776, the one I’ve been sewing on since, you know, 1990, is making me start to think it could be time to, um, get a new one.

This slant shaft foot from Hancock Fabrics didn’t quite fit. It screwed on, but didn’t sit straight and resulted in test stitches with incredibly uneven tension.

Internet searches are turning up feet that *look* like they’ll work but Stylist 776 isn’t among the listed machines they’ll fit.I’d happily pony up for a slant shank and some snap-on feet. I just want to know they’ll work on 776.

Stylist 776 never turns up. And that’s my concern.

Is it time to ask Santa for a new sewing machine?

Singer dressed me at dances throughout high school. It sewed tiny things for beloved new babies. And it made me a kickass gold wedding dress, too.

We’re old friends. I don’t want to just give up on him. He was made the year I was born. But I want to sew better, make higher quality things and I need help from things like real zipper feet to do that.

Sad.

Foot fiasco

The  dress I’m trying to finish this weekend – with POCKETS – is telling me it needs a zipper foot to do the back zip. I’ve tricked my machine into sewing zippers without a zipper foot, but I’ve been trying to improve the quality of sewing, so I want to try to do this right.

I pawed through a jumble of sewing machine accessories and found a mess of metal.

Look what I’ve been sitting on:

An adjustable hemmer foot that won’t fit my machine

Of the whole little box, these are the only things I can use

A cloth guide, Singer 25527.

All these years, I’ve been sticking masking tape to the machine to do this. And now I know what that random hole is for, too.

And a blind hemming guide

NO! I’ve resisted buying new sewing stuff all week. Ignored a giant JoAnn sale. Went into the Hancock to look at patterns and polished cotton and put it all back. And now I need a trip to the Vogue for a zipper foot?!

Right. Figures it doesn’t fit after a special trip. My trusty Singer Stylist 776 has a slanty shaft. When can I get to the Hancock to get the right size? And then where am I going to hide two yards of silver metallic silk?