"Make It Yourself"

by Sarah A. Gordon

Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890–1930

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Susan Sews a Skirt

Set and Sew Zipper

Instead of pinning and basting the zipper, Susan teaches me a shortcut: she uses household tape to set the zipper in place. She then sews right through the tape to sew on the zipper. The tape then pulls right off.

Photograph by Sarah Gordon.