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. Tanya says

    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!

    • says

      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!

    • says

      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.

  2. Nabiha says

    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!

  3. says

    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)

  4. shalala says

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Recently washed a pair of very expensive pillow shams with delicate appliques. Turned the shams inside out &closed the zippers to protect the detailing during the wash cycle. Almost cried when I couldn’t unzip them once they dried. Your site is full of great tips! Thanks again!!

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