Recently I re blogged a post sent to me by my Aunt Joy about “keepers” With this sentiment in mind I noticed a problem with my laptop cover. It comes from a shop at the end of my street in Sunny Westgarth, Northcote. It is a gorgeous thing of practical, durable beauty and although Catherine Manuell is famous for after sales service I thought it would be pushing the friendship considering it was years (and a few more) past it’s warranty.
On inspection the zip wasn’t broken as it first appeared but rather the material around the zip had come away from the material it had been sewn onto. Putting in a new zip is a bit hard even for an expert but hand sewing a small area(4cms or 1.5 inches) is quite doable. I used upholstery thread rather than regular thread and I strongly recommend you have some living in your tool box.
Upholstery thread is available in most sewing or craft supply shops and is super strong and durable. I very carefully and with good light followed the track of stitches and was rewarded with a working zipper!
My joy was short-lived however when I checked the other corner and found it was in a more subtle variation of its neighbor. Yes it was coming adrift there too! Back to the drawing board. Another round of gentle but firm stitches and we have a fully functioning very smart laptop cover.
Here is a picture of it at work. Well if you count watching a DVD work. LOL.
Remember “mending is better than ending!”