Added Mar 8, 2012
I posted this on my "blog":http://threadsquare.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/lavs-lapped-zip/ a few months ago, but thought it was high time to share with the BurdaStyle community, too :)
This is far from groundbreaking, world changing technique. But I thought I’d share anyway, simply because lapped zips always seemed fidgety to me when I first started sewing. The trouble always occurred in the left seam allowance. It just never permitted enough room for topstitching the lap, or not enough to my liking. This was especially problematic with heavier fabrics, where I like to use as much width of the zip tape as possible so that the lap will lay flat. When I would stitch my preferred distance to the left of the seam, I’d barely catch the underlying seam allowance. Here’s my simple fix:
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