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Like the titel says.

What part do you still hate doing after all these years,
Or still have problems doing ?

Until recently it was edgebinding for me, but i finally found a setup that works pretty well on my machine..
1 thing i still hate though, is assembling zippers (putting sliders on the coil)


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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 02:44:27 PM »
YES!!!! putting zippers on coil. Not fun.


Cutting days aren't my favorite that is for sure.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 03:07:08 PM »
Binding!

I reckon my positioning of the binding foot/attachment has a lot to do with it.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 05:21:34 PM »
Hated doing:
Cutting
Marking sewing points
Making template

Suck at doing:
Getting into the mood to sew in general
Experimenting with different technique or approach in fear of fucking things up.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 06:51:03 PM »
YES!!!! putting zippers on coil. Not fun.


Cutting days aren't my favorite that is for sure.

Build yourself a zipper fork. (Or pay $40 for a bent piece of metal) It's life changing if you're doing a lot of zippers. Heck, even if you only do them occasionally. I used to spend 5min to get one pull on sometimes. And now it's effortless with a fork.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2018, 08:36:04 PM »
Sewing stretch fabrics.  I still manage to get things bunched up and uneven half of the time.  Has gotten better though, I used to avoid it completely.

Build yourself a zipper fork. (Or pay $40 for a bent piece of metal) It's life changing if you're doing a lot of zippers. Heck, even if you only do them occasionally. I used to spend 5min to get one pull on sometimes. And now it's effortless with a fork.

Tried Googling "zipper fork".  Had nothing resembling a zipper jig come up in the images.  Care to elaborate?

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2018, 09:29:57 PM »
Zipper Jig:

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2018, 10:41:29 PM »
Sewing stretch fabrics.  I still manage to get things bunched up and uneven half of the time.  Has gotten better though, I used to avoid it completely.

Build yourself a zipper fork. (Or pay $40 for a bent piece of metal) It's life changing if you're doing a lot of zippers. Heck, even if you only do them occasionally. I used to spend 5min to get one pull on sometimes. And now it's effortless with a fork.

Tried Googling "zipper fork".  Had nothing resembling a zipper jig come up in the images.  Care to elaborate?

Had a brain fart. There are some youtube videos of people using a common kitchen fork to attach zippers. Works okay but it's tough to hold the fork and attach the pull. But yes, Zipper Jig was what I meant! :o

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2018, 06:13:21 AM »
Had a brain fart. There are some youtube videos of people using a common kitchen fork to attach zippers. Works okay but it's tough to hold the fork and attach the pull. But yes, Zipper Jig was what I meant! :o

Gotcha!  Have seen the jigs (same video that Ben posted, actually) but I never struggled with them enough to pay $50 for a bent piece of metal.  Couple decades of fly fishing has made me really good at using my teeth as a third hand.  I'll have to try the fork, see if that really speeds things up, and maybe I'll regret not buying a jig earlier.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 06:55:26 AM »
Had a brain fart. There are some youtube videos of people using a common kitchen fork to attach zippers. Works okay but it's tough to hold the fork and attach the pull. But yes, Zipper Jig was what I meant! :o

Gotcha!  Have seen the jigs (same video that Ben posted, actually) but I never struggled with them enough to pay $50 for a bent piece of metal.  Couple decades of fly fishing has made me really good at using my teeth as a third hand.  I'll have to try the fork, see if that really speeds things up, and maybe I'll regret not buying a jig earlier.

My first homemade jig was a pair of curved tip hemostats (probably from a fly tying kit) that I duct taped to the edge of a table with the tips opened just enough to accept a #10 pull. Like you say it's all about having that third hand and getting the two halves to mate equally. I don't think they're worth anywhere close to the asking price for the commercially available ones. For a $10 trip to Home Depot and some Dremel work you can make your own in a half hour.

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 01:53:23 PM »
Damn, this is awesome.

 And exactly the reason is started this thread. Hoping people could help eachother with tips on the things they hate. I know what to do this weekend. Build a zipper jigg !!

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2018, 05:44:55 PM »
I was too cheap to purchase a $50.00 zipper jig so I bought a $3.00 tack remover and filed open the fork a little bit to hold the slider that I use. I then tore the handle off of the round shank, drilled a hole on the edge of my table on a slight angle. Now I can easily install and remove the tool as needed.
https://www.joann.com/tack-remover/8629552.html

https://imgur.com/gallery/PUu5XNK
https://imgur.com/gallery/z44c83L
« Last Edit: June 06, 2018, 05:53:24 PM by SunriseTacticalGear »

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2018, 07:18:18 PM »
Replacing zippers for me. I'm actually getting pretty good at it, but I still hate doing them, mostly on puffy jackets where there is a lot of potential movement. I'm sure there are a bunch of things I suck at but don't do often enough to even know it!
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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2018, 07:29:50 PM »
Replacing zippers for me. I'm actually getting pretty good at it, but I still hate doing them, mostly on puffy jackets where there is a lot of potential movement. I'm sure there are a bunch of things I suck at but don't do often enough to even know it!
I have only replaced a few zippers, for family members, and I used basting tape to hold them in place. Itís a double sided tape that wonít gum up the sewing needle. I use this for various projects when I need parts to stay in place during sewing.
https://www.seattlefabrics.com/14-Acrylic-Double-Sided-Tape-_p_595.html

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Re: After all years sewing. Which part do you still hate/suck in doing
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2018, 11:26:04 PM »
I was too cheap to purchase a $50.00 zipper jig so I bought a $3.00 tack remover and filed open the fork a little bit to hold the slider that I use. I then tore the handle off of the round shank, drilled a hole on the edge of my table on a slight angle. Now I can easily install and remove the tool as needed.
https://www.joann.com/tack-remover/8629552.html

https://imgur.com/gallery/PUu5XNK
https://imgur.com/gallery/z44c83L

That's genius.  I was actually thinking of doing the exact same thing with a little half-size weeding tool that my wife has.  More or less the same shape.  Looks like I'll be snagging a tack remover on my next trip to JoAnns.