Some photos of the super-simple cordura pouches Dad made for his archery equipment. These little pouches -they're about 9" long - are the free gifts his clients get when they order a custom-made bow case from him.
Completely lined and padded, they unzip flat.
The zipper is one continuous piece of zipper tape, not two halves.
Here's a shot of the end of the zipper, which is actually the middle of the zipper tape.
Couldn't be bothered to do a photographic step-by-step, since I'm on vacation after all, but here are some text instructions instead.
- Cut the length of zipper tape you need (perimeter of the pouch plus about 2" allowance). We like zipper tape by the foot - the sort for which you have to buy separate zipper pulls that fit it. If you are using an actual, complete zipper, remove and discard the zipper stop at the end, and slide the zipper pull out.
- Separate the zipper tape into two halves and put away one of the halves.
- Leaving about 1" end allowance, sew the zipper to the edge of the thing (the pouch, in this case) to which you want to attach it. Sew all the way around till you reach the point where you started, leaving the other 1" end allowance.
- Close the pouch so the two 1" ends meet, slip the zipper pull back over the two ends, and zip the pouch up.
And that's how Dad does his zippers. You've probably seen them on things like those continuous-zipper bags and zip-up-able coin pouches, right? I have too, but I never thought to make regular pouches the same way, a classic "why didn't I think of that?" example of how I've just done things one sad way all my life when there were other, better ways to do them. Sort of like the smoooooooth waistbands on pants and skirts that have revolutionized the way I sew children's bottom garments. Duh.
Not related: Dad and I are thinking seriously of finally getting our industrial sewing machines. So we can sew more, of course, but also so we can sew more of the stuff that is tricky on home sewing machines, because of the size of the projects that makes them unwieldy, and the layers of nylon and packcloth and padding. Now it's a sort of race to see which of us will buy one first. I suspect Dad will, since he's actually selling stuff that requires one, whereas I'm just producing stuffed animals and wimpy totes and toys and random amateurish children's clothes and maybe the occasional neoprene thing. Must start doing my research. Anyone got an industrial machine to recommend? I need mine to do a good straight stitch, is all.