You know when you have a revelation and wonder if everyone else already knows about it?
This morning I had some precious free alone time to sew - I'm making a skirt. I turned to my handy Readers Digest Sewing book for help putting in a lapped zipper as my last one was a bit dodgy. Reading through the instructions, reference was made to sewing along the stitching guideline of the zip tape:
Huh? I'd never heard of this before. I took a closer look at my zip - lo and behold there was indeed a stitching guide woven into the fabric of the zip!
What utter genius! I've been sewing for 4 years but have never heard about this guideline before, despite taking a sewing class, reading books and of course, reading thousands of sewing blog posts. It's such a simple but clever idea that I wondered whether I'd somehow just missed out on hearing about this. When I tweeted about it there were quite a few other seamstresses who were equally amazed to discover this zippy secret so I thought it was worth sharing here.
Did you know about this? If so, how - did you read about it or just work it out yourself? Or is there another similar simple but inspired sewing discovery you've made?