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Exposed Zipper Bag

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Exposed zipper bag

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Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques taught by Amy Alan

Take your serger out of the closet! Learn the fundamental setup stitches, then make three posh projects: an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf.

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Classic
Stephanie Socha on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? As a finished project, it looks like a custom store bought bag.

Stephanie Socha on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Cut your fabric pieces accurately, because then they will line up perfectly at the serger.

Stephanie Socha on craftsy.com

I found that using washable Elmer's glue and my iron helped to baste the zipper firmly into place. I too was not comfortable serging over my zipper teeth ad used my sewing machine for the first bag but for my second bag I gave it a go with the serger and it handled it just fine. I hand cranked slowly over the coils like she recommended.

09/25/2013 Flag

That's a great tip with the glue baste. Thank you! I did try my serger the first attempt and broke 2 needles :(. I think my zipper teeth were too large - the zipper I used was more heavy duty. Lightweight zipper next time!

09/27/2013 Flag

Beautiful! Krista's note about Elmer's glue to hold the zipper in place is good, but you might also try Wash-Away-Wonder tape. I'm sorry to hear your needles broke. A soft small-coiled zipper is key to keeping your serger happy. :)

10/07/2013 Flag

Thanks so much for the advice Amy! This is such a quick project and everyone loves a cute bag. Your serger class is great!!

10/11/2013 Flag

Thanks so much, Stephanie! I'm so happy you loved the class! :)

10/18/2013 Flag