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Not Coming Up Roses

So I’m hoping to post this and have someone tell me they have had the same problem so I can stop feeling cruddy.

I spent this weekend finishing up Sewaholic’s lovely Cambie dress and as it was coming together my excitement level was rising and rising. The shape is so lovely and using her technique to put the lining in made my dress look good enough to wear inside out!

Then the time comes to try the dress on so I can determine the hem length and dun, dun, dun…. the zipper will not go up, like for the life of me it will not budge. I try taking it off and running the zipper up and down to ya know loosen things up and it just gets worse and worse. I can barely get it up and down with no one in the dress and its never gonna happen with me squeezed in the middle.

The real question is what the heck do I do now? I will certainly wreck the delicate lining if I try to unpick everything but she far to pretty to give up on completely. Hhmph! For now she sits dejectedly in my sewing room as I cannot look her in the zipper. Hopefully we can resolve this someday once my grudge against dumb zippers passes.

On a happier note I did get one thing done successfully this weekend! I organized my fabric into the most beautiful mini bolts. Each shelf holds twp rows of bolts which isn’t convenient but it is pretty! I was surprised by the fact the bolts take up less space than having everything folded and stacked on the same shelves. I for one find myself inspired when everything is neat and tidy!

So can someone please tell me they have faced the same sad situation with a sewing project?? Or can you at least lie to me to make me feel better.

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9 Responses to Not Coming Up Roses

  1. Amy says:

    Oh yeah. Happened to me with an invisible zip before where it jammed!

    I tried carefully dripping sewing machine lubricant into the teeth (dip a pin into liquid and let it drip off pin into teeth) with lots of protective cloth around my dress. It moved a bit but didn’t get saved properly and had to be taken out.
    Maybe try this?

    It won’t work if it’s caught on fabric/threads though.

    Good luck!

  2. Melizza says:

    Sorry to hear about the zipper. I am really getting annoyed with a lot of my invisible zips. I am honestly considering doing lapped or centered zips from now on.

    Your fabric organization looks like it belongs to a shop’s! Looks great! Wish I had the space to replicate it.

  3. Yes I’ve had this happen before and it sucked cuz I was so excited to be done. Mine was because I had gotten my thread too close to the teeth and the zipper was jamming on my thread. I just unpicked it where it was jamming and sewed it up again. Then it worked fine. Hope you fix it soon! It’s such a lovely dress!!

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh no! The same exact thing happened to me with the hazel dress pattern! I made a brown gingham one but the zipper I put in it is tight or something. I don’t want to unpick everything either! People recommended rubbing wax or soap along the zipper, which seemed to temporarily help.

  5. Gillian says:

    Oh NO! That is an awful feeling. I made a Cambie for my sister, and was so nervous because it’s hard to test the fit until the bitter end! Don’t blame yourself – I really hop eyou can save it or start something new right away before you get depressed! ;)

  6. Lizzy says:

    If it’s not save-able using the above methods, could you try unpicking it, cutting back the frayed lining and just adding a couple of inches to the lining at the back on either side. From memory that part of the pattern is fairly straight and unshaped. Not ideal but it’s on the inside and it’s certainly worth saving. I’ve made three Cambies and I love them all!

  7. Heather says:

    Sometimes invisible zips just need to be supported by your fingers at either end, so hold it firmly at the bottom while zipping up, moving your fingers up as necessary, and hold firmly at the top when zipping down. Hope it works, it’s horrible to have to pull out a zip, especially an invisible one!

  8. kaitui_kiwi says:

    Oh no, sorry to hear about the zipper, that sucks. If it isn’t damaged it might be that you stitched too close to the teeth? The other thing is it might just need a bit of lubrication, I have had some success running a bit of soap over the sipper teeth. Not the liquid stuff, just a good old fashioned bar of plain soap. It’s better than any oil or greasy substance as it won’t stain the fabric and washes out. Good luck! xx

  9. Erin says:

    Heheh this post was funny. I love your blog btw!! If it makes you feel better I once made a skirt that I had to resew the zip 3 times because I kept getting these faulty zips that broke when you used them. I think I went to the 3rd one like the incredible hulk before sewing it in to make sure it wouldnt break! Oh and I WISH my fabric looked like that! Mine is stuffed in draws where I can’t even see it. Might need to copy your style!!

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