Skinny Rabbit Slideshow Productions Presents:

"Boyish Jacket Gets a Zipper"

(Alternatively titled, "Damn, my fingers ache" starring Boyish Jacket, one looooong afternoon, a couple of dvd's, sewing thread and chocolate for motivation.)

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First, pin the zipper down on the right side. (I always do this with zipper closed, because I find it easier to match up the sides that way.) Using contrast thread, baste zipper to front of jacket. (I open zipper, and close as I baste.) Make sure the zipper is even. What you baste is pretty much the way it's going to stay once you finish sewing. On the wrong side of the zipper, sew using backstitch and thread in a color that matches the knitted piece and zipper. If the zipper is in a contrast color to that of the knitted piece [I once knit a jacket in blue and used a zipper in white for contrast], make sure that the thread matches the yarn instead of the zipper. After the zipper has been backstitched on the wrong side, sew the edges of the knitted piece using little stitches, with right side facing. Ta-da! (I taught myself how to sew in zippers by using Nancie Wiseman's Book of Finishing Techniques and Katharina Buss' Big Book of Knitting. Check those books out for more detailed instructions.)