Yeah, that was cheesy. : )
So I popped Mikado in this weekend and sat down to wrestle this bohemoth into submission. (the sweater, not the machine. The machine is a lovely little lady who always performs perfectly.)
Eventually it got to this part, and then the zipper insertion attempts began. As of today, the zipper is in, and only the handstitching of the insertion is left. Only a few weeks late. But The Adored One can wear it next time I go home.