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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Invisible Zipper

There she is! My Husqvarna sewing machine seated in the place of honor at Coco Sews. Her name is Viking and she is all ready to learn how to use a cording foot and install an invisible zipper!

Look at all those scissors! Coco has spools of zippers, I have never seen such a thing. Coco has a spool of cording that takes her a full year to use all of it. Coco Sews is an apt name for this business. Coco does tailoring, conducts sewing lessons and creates doll clothes to fit American Girl dolls. 

Today, our goal was to learn how to use the tools of the trade, including the bells and whistles on the sewing machine. Clear, quilting rulers made measuring cording easy. The wax marking cube irons out so you can't see the mark on the fabric. 

The invisible zipper application; now you see it....

...and now you don't!

 I learned about a cording foot and how to use it to make nice, firm cording. I learned smaller tricks, like turning the corners with less bulk by trimming the fabric at an angle. Zig zag stitch, machine speed, lowering the foot and moving the needle back and forth and notching!!  

I now feel the need to expand my sewing world at home.

 Coco has a sewing table on casters that moves away from the wall, (would have come in handy when I made those curtains last week). I love her large square ironing table with a water IV for her iron!
The finished result. Beautiful cording application. Thank you Coco for your patience and quiche! 
Having cabin fever?

 Call, Coco Sews, and expand your creativity. Perfect way to spend a snowbound afternoon.

 Ask her about her french lessons, learn to sew in french!!

Coco Sews, 231-994-2020


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