Originally Posted by Lost_Biker
The upside down smile is perfect. Nothing gets in the way. I read all kinds of things on sewing zippers - you have to use a zipper foot and so on. What I did was I pinned the entire zipper in place and sewed the edges, then took a razor and as I opened the zipper, I sliced the material as I unzipped - made a perfect cut in the center. Melted the edges with a lighter and I was done.
I no longer fear zippers! That's another one of my fears taken care of.
I did the same thing, but I cut my fabric with a hot knife--cutting and melting simultaneously. After the first inch or so, I inserted a screw driver between the fabric and the zipper, to keep from accidentally melting the teeth of the zipper. Has held up now for more than two years.