Handy Zipper Trick

sewing zippers trick

Have you ever sewn up a pouch or pencil case, then realised that you left the zipper closed and now you can’t turn it through?!

That’s what I did yesterday while making new pencil cases for my store.

But I discovered a little trick.

sewing zippers trick

I slipped a knitting needle into the little gap that I did have and caught  the little hole in the zipper pull. Then I could push the zipper open – Yay! Much quicker than having to unpick the seam and sew it up again.

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  1. Ahhhh, I’ll be remembering that trick. Constantly making that mistake, drives me batty! Your posts are awesome Tonya. No word of a lie, every 2nd or 3rd post seems to deal with whatever problem or query I am having at the time. Thanks for sharing :-). And your store is looking great!

    • Awww, thanks, Tanya. It’s nice to think that someone finds it useful.

      If you ever want to send me a list of problems or queries, I’d be happy to see if I can write a post for you with some answers. I’m always on the lookout for post ideas!

  2. Ha! I’ve done that before and have used my seam ripper to grab the hole in the zipper pull and pushed it back that way.

    • That would work great, too, Toqua. Especially for those who don’t have a knitting needle. Thanks!

      I suppose you could also use a paintbrush handle, a chopstick, a skewer, or a pencil.

  3. And now we know why there is an old saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention!” Well done you!

  4. Thanks for the fantastic tip! Wish I had read this before I messed up on my first zipper pouch and had to open and resew : ( Will be remembering this for my future pouches though, have a great day!

  5. That’s pretty clever! I’ve never bothered unpicking again, but wrestling with the tab through the fabric is pretty darn annoying…will HAVE to try this out when I mess up next! (Notice I said when, not IF, lol)

  6. Thanks for the tip. This will come in handy. I am a new Facebook fan visiting from Someday Crafts. Vicky from Mess For Less

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