Poor sewing machine, I've discovered my tension problems were thread related. No idea why, it was a new spool, not one of my bargain finds. Apology duly accepted by my machine, we had another go at my red skirt ...
I followed Winnie's brilliant lapped zip instructions here, Scruffy Badger Time. This is by far the easiest method I have followed, I can't envisage ever doing it another way in future, I could hug her, I had previously put this in and ripped it out 4 times!
A Fashionable Stitch on a beautiful Ginger skirt.
And I have an excuse to buy some more fabric - I'm going to a Craft Show next Thursday with P's lovely, crafty Auntie S, I'm adding polka dot fabric to my list!