Originally Posted by GvilleDave
I find that my zipper installation is easy with a standard foot on my machine - that's a good thing because I only have a standard zig zag foot... Maybe a zipper foot would be better but this worked for me and I never bought a zipper foot to try.
I start by installing the pulls onto the zipper coil. I then sew the zipper coil onto my roll hemmed ripstop (no grossgrain). I am careful to make sure my RS edge does not cover the teeth to prevent snags. After the RS is attached to the coil I pin the other side of the coil to the roll hemmed edge of my noseeum. By pinning the noseeum to the zipper before I separate the zipper halves I ensure that the zipper will allign after it is sewed to the noseeum. I have tried it with out pinning the noseeum and have had a tendancy to stretch the noseeum as I sewed and ended up with a bunch of extra noseeum at the far end of the hammock. The pins keep everything indexed and prevent me from stretching. This is one of the few things I still pin in advance... Both on the RS and on the noseeum I make 2 stitch lines. The first run I have a "point" of my presser foot on top of the zipper teeth which puts the stitch about a 1/4" from the teeth. The 2nd pass I put the foot against the edge of the zipper and this puts the 2nd stitch line right at the outside edge of the zipper fabric.
All in all the hardest part for me was the stretch of the noseeum. Go slow and keep everything alligned and you'll be fine. Worst case you get to practice with your seam ripper!
Thanks for your feedback - I was watching Rev's video on zippers, and he sewed the zipper facedown and then rolled the fabric over. Have you tried this following your steps? Rev, thanks again for your videos. Great work.
I have a zipper foot, so I most likely wont need to place the presser foot on the zipper.
BTW - still curious if two pulls are a good rule of thumb?