The zipper is in! Yay…progress is being made albeit slow.
I had some difficulty lining up the 2 bias binding bands. But that is where my hand sewn method of inserting the zipper pays off. First, I hand baste in the zipper. When everything lines up, I move forward with some serious hand sewing. I then use a backstitch to firmly get that zipper in place. Once I am done, that zipper is in and not moving.
I do admit this takes some time. But, I have found that for me, there are less errors and less ripping out stitches if I do it by hand. So, totally worth it!