Last year I made 21 items of clothing for myself. A staggering 76% of them either had buttonholes or didn't require a closure...meaning just 24% of them had zips! Out of the three things I've already made this year, my Granny Chic Hawthorn has buttonholes and the other two are knits without closures.
This isn't necessarily a problem, because I enjoy working with knits and I adore buttons. To be fair, the one-step buttonhole function on my Brother Innovis 10A (generously gifted to me by Bamber Sewing Machines) is amazing to work with, but that's another post entirely!
What IS a problem though is my reluctance to work with zips...pretty restrictive, no? It's not that I don't like them. It's that I suck at installing them - with the exception only of hand-picked and exposed zips. I don't think I've ever successfully installed an invisible or regular machine-sewn zip first time round. Nope, it always takes multiple tries, loads of unpicking, plenty of irritation and a questionable result!
So when I saw Lladybird Lauren's invisible zip tutorial today, it reminded me that I really need to work on my zip-stitching skills. I've got a whole load of tutorials pinned on my Sewing Tips & Tutorials Pinterest board that I should practice and I MUST make time to watch Craftsy's free Mastering Zipper Techniques class that I signed up to ages ago.
I want to be good at buttonholes AND zips, rather than constantly pitching the two against each other. Wish me luck please, because my next two projects require zips!
Do you have a stitching nemesis?