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All Zipped Up

All Zipped Up

Yesterday didn’t feel terribly productive to me, although when I look back at it, I did get a lot done. The tax stuff for the construction company and rental house are ready to drop off at the accountant today. Both of those businesses are set up as partnerships and the returns are due March 15. I have a bit of breathing room yet on Big Sky Knitting Designs and our personal returns. I spent several hours working on the church’s new website. It is in the middle of an upgrade. We have a young woman new to the congregation who has been managing the old website (and doing a fine job), but she just moved into a new house and is about to deliver a baby in a few weeks. I am trying to get all the information moved from the old website to the new one, and as she has time, she’ll do the design work and make the new one look good.

[I don’t really enjoy the website work, although I am the only person in our church—besides this young woman—who knows anything about websites (which isn’t much), so the job defaulted to me. As do many things.]

And I did this:

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I was upstairs at the cutting table when the husband brought the mail in. He made sure to bring me the package containing the new zipper for his Carhartt hoodie. I took that as a signal that I should get that done.

I had already removed the old zipper. I had to patch the ripped lining with some interfacing, but once that was done, it was a fairly simple matter to sew the new zipper to the inside of the hoodie. I did it on the Necchi industrial, which handled the job well considering I don’t have any ball-point needles for that machine. I used the needle and thread that were in there and it worked fine. As I noted before, this is not Project Runway. This is Project Get This Job Done And Off My To-Do List. The zipper is a bit wavy—I could have avoided that with a walking foot, no doubt, but I don’t have a walking foot that fits the Necchi. I continue to kick myself for selling that Singer 78-1 to our friend Tommy, although I have a standing invitation to use it if I need it.

The new zipper is considerably heavier than the old zipper. That’s not a bad thing, though, given who’s wearing this hoodie:

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I find buying zippers to be a process fraught with frustration, especially if I am looking in town. Buying online isn’t much better. ZipIt and Zipper Shipper are two of my favorite suppliers. Still, sometimes it’s hard to match the size, the length, or the color. The replacement hoodie zipper is a #10, which is designed for things like industrial clothing, vehicle covers, upholstery, and canvas tents. A #8 zipper probably would have been a closer match but this works. The husband was given instructions to be a bit gentler on his clothing, as if that is going to make a difference…

Oh well. The jacket will wear out long before the zipper, and then I’ll just take this zipper out and repurpose it into another project.

I need to get some backing fabric for the Ritzville quilt when I am in town today and then get the rest of that quilt top put together. Last night, I also pulled out the other travel bag I started a few weeks ago and looked at what needs to be done to finish it. I want to start working on grocery bags, too, now that I have the 90/14 needles for the industrial serger.

And I still need a new purse for me…I used my Fremont Tote when I was in Portland. I do love the size of that bag but the handles and zip top drive me batty. It’s either that bag with the appropriate mods (no grab handles and a magnetic closure) or the Bramble Bag. It’s almost spring, though, so perhaps I can get away with working with some waxed canvas again.

11,664 Square Inches

11,664 Square Inches

Part of Something Larger

Part of Something Larger