(by Jamie McPheeters of Jamie’s Quilt Studio)
Tips for Sewing a Zipper Pouch with the Baby Lock Crescendo. Want to make a zipper pouch using your Baby Lock Crescendo? It’s super easy! Keep reading for some tips on how to best use your Crescendo to sew up a zipper pouch!.
I’m Jamie McPheeters of Jamie’s Quilt Studio and I’ve been using Elizabeth’s Baby Lock Crescendo and Baby Lock Sashiko for a few projects over the past several months. I wanted to try something a little different so I decided to make a zipper pouch.
For this project, I used scrap fabric and a zipper I bought years ago and never used. I love how my pouch turned out. It’s the perfect size for a few quilt notions.
I followed a tutorial by Shevaun Corey of Sew Shevaun. She wrote a blog post for Quilters Candy here that includes a download for a tutorial for her Slim Notions Pouch. I followed her instructions, but made mine just a bit bigger.
Here are a couple tips for using your Baby Lock Crescendo to sew a zipper pouch.
Use a zipper foot! It may seem obvious, but using the zipper foot makes it so much easier to sew close to the zipper. Here’s a photo of the zipper foot and what it looks like when sewing the zipper into my pouch. The zipper foot is very narrow allowing you to sew super close to the raised edge of the zipper.
Use the edge of the zipper foot as a fabric guide. As you can see in the photo above, I was able to line up the edge of my fabric with the edge of the zipper foot. This seemed to be the perfect seam allowance that allowed me to still sew close to the zipper edge. (The zipper is underneath my striped lining fabric in the above photo.)
Topstitch next to the zipper to keep fabric out of the zipper teeth. After sewing the outside panels and lining to each side of the zipper, I pressed the fabric away from the zipper. I then sewed a topstitch at the very edge of the fabric. This helps to ensure that the fabric doesn’t get stuck in the teeth of the zipper. Also, this is another great time to use the zipper foot. It allowed me to sew close to the zipper and get a nice straight topstitch.
Sew slowly when sewing over the zipper. I switched back to a regular presser foot to sew the edges of my pouch together. Remember to slow down as you sew over the bulk of the zipper ends where all the seams meet up.
Press the lining before sewing the opening closed. After turning the pouch right side out, it’s time to sew the opening in the lining closed. I found it easier to sew this after I pressed the seams at the opening in the lining. It helped keep everything lined up.
That’s it! These are my best tips for sewing a zipper pouch on the Baby Lock Crescendo. It was super easy! I was able to sew mine up in less than 2 hours! I’m pretty sure I’ll be making more!