I got an invisible zipper foot for Christmas. And it works! You can sew an invisible zipper with a normal zipper foot, but it’s never quite close enough. The specialized foot is makes a perfect zipper!
I had some leftover quilt squares and fabric from making the quilt for the day bed and the window valance which inspired the whole room. So I am finally getting around to making pillow cases to match. They are also quilted on the front. I pieced the front, added some leftover batting and cut up an old sheet for the backing. This was all quilted together with the same twin needle technique I used on the quilt. Then I added the backing fabric and sewed it all together. Now all we need to do is cover the headboard and mount it on the wall.
A few tricks for sewing with metallic thread that I learned online: Use a needle with a larger eye (size 90 or 100). Set the tension loose–on my machine that is level zero or one. Sew S-L-O-W-L-Y. Seriously. SLOW. Boring slow. Finally, test a sample on scrap fabric before you start your project. I did all of these and never had any breakage! Yay!