Sunday, October 14, 2012

Zip it

Last month my husband and I went camping with our kids.  It was a miserable time...they're usually good campers, but everything was going wrong that weekend.  On Sunday we went to a flea market in a little town near our campsite.  I was on the lookout for antique sewing stuff, as always.  I found a plastic spool box with some feet and class 66 bobbins.  It was cheap, and I figured it would be worth it for the bobbins, which were the old kind and not the new cheap kind that Singer makes currently.

I didn't look too closely at the feet until later.  But when I did get down to looking at them, I noticed one that was different.

Is that a zipper foot?

I don't know if it really is or not, but it certainly functions like one.  I used it for the first time this morning and installed my first-ever zipper.  It was a little fiddly and took two tries, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

I'll be excited to start making pouches and other little items with zippers.  I'm pleased!  It doesn't quite redeem the weekend, but it comes close.


  1. Yes, a Zip foot indeed, except it would have been listed as a Piping foot at the time, as zips were not in common use until after the 1940s..
    And zips work better if you sew two lines of stitching each side, as this stops the tape from catching when you open and close the zip.. Very creditable first attempt!

    1. Thanks! That's interesting about the piping foot.