How to Sew a Zipper

How to Sew a Zipper. 3 easy ways + Free Bonus

Sewing the perfect zipper might seem like a tricky thing, even if you have a few years sewing already. But it doesn’t have to be. Therefore, if you don’t know how to sew a zipper you NEED to read this post from top to end. I am going to show you 3 ways to insert a regular zipper into your garment. And at the end, I am going to give you one more special bonus tip that comes with a Free Sewing Pattern.How to Sew a Zipper

Whit a little bit of practice and of course the key secret (psst…. is interfacing) you will master all zippers in no time. So, in order to keep this practice going download and print this Sewing Resolution list and use it to keep you motivated.

In this post, I will teach you 3 techniques to sew a regular Zipper so you can put them in any garment you want.

1.-Hidden Zipper

2.-Exposed Zipper

3.-Welt Zipper

If you want to jump to a specific Zipper Tutorial just click the link above to “jump” to it.

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The Use of Interfacing for sewing zippers.

First of all,  I want you to always keep in mind this word: Interfacing.

Interfacing is the key secret that your zipper needs to have a clean and neat finish. This will help to stabilize and give body to your fabric, believe me, you are going to see the difference once you start using interfacing in your zipper area. (Get 3 yards of lightweight interfacing for 6.99 here)

3 Zipper Techniques

Use the Zipper Foot to Sew a Zipper

The second thing is the Zipper Foot. This foot can easily position to the right or left side of the needle, depending what side of the zipper you are sewing on. (This zipper foot fits most brands of home sewing machines)

Zipper Foot

 

  • When sewing the right side of the zipper, attach the shank to the left pin of the zipper foot.
  • When sewing the left side of the zipper, attach the shank to the right pin of the zipper foot.

1.- How to sew a Hidden Zipper

How to sew a Hidden Zipper

 

 

1.-Press about 1″ width of interfacing along the edges of the fabric where you are going to sew the zipper on.

2.- Place the zipper next to the edges of the fabric and make a mark just below the zipper stop is.

3.- Make a straight stitch 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric making a backstitch at the height of the mark you made in point 2 and keep going to the end of the fabric.

4.- Press the seam open.

How to sew a Hidden Zipper

5.- Tape the zipper placing it at the center of the seam and use the Zipper Foot to sew it. Also, make sure the seam should be at least 1/4″ away from the center of the zipper, this is especially relevant to keep the opening looking good.

6.- Peel out the tape.

7.- Use the seam ripper to carefully unstitch the seam from the end of the zipper to the top of it.

8.- As a result, there are going to be small threads stuck between the folds.  With a pair of tweezer pull out the remaining threads. Finally, Press the seams.

2.- How to sew an Exposed Zipper

How to sew an Exposed Zipper

 

 

1.-First of all, Press about 1″ width of interfacing along the edges of the fabric.

2.- Place the zipper next to the edges of the fabric and make a mark just below the zipper stop is.

3.- Sew 1/2″ to the mark and backstitch. Then press seams open.

4.-From the end of the stitch mark 1/4″ down and 1/4″ in (A) (away from the edge of the fabric). In the edge mark 1/4″ (B) up from the end of the stitch. Next, draw a red line from A to B, and cut both layers of the red line.

5.- Fold 3/4″ of the fabric and press the sides of the zipper area open.

How to sew an Exposed Zipper

6.- Fold down the small triangles of the center bottom and press down.

7.- Place the zipper facing up below the triangles making sure not to cover the end of the zipper. Sew as shown in the picture.

8.- Align the zipper whit the folded sides making sure is centered. Pin it.

9.- Flip the fabric to see the back and stitch along the zipper length.

10.- Finally, Cut the extra zipper length if needed.

3.- How to sew a Welt Zipper

How to sew a Welt Zipper

 

 

1.-Mark a line to guide where you want the center of the zipper to be. And mark the end and start of the zipper too.

2.- Press about 2″ width of interfacing trying to cover 1/2″ of extra zipper length.

3.- Draw a 1/2″ line at the end and the start of the marks of the zipper length. Also, measure 1/4″ from this point to the center line and draw the sides of a triangle with the color red, and then draw a red line connecting the point of this triangles. Cut the red line.

How to sew a Welt Zipper

4.-Fold and press the seams open.

5.- In addition, flip the fabric and align the edge of the zipper next to the edge of the fabric making sure is in the right place. After this, Sew along the dotted line. Do the same with the opposite side.

6.- Finally, flip the fabric again to the bottom side and sew the little triangle to the bottom of the zipper. Do the same with the opposite side.

How to Sew a Zipper

Looks easier this way, don’t you think? Just remember the secret: Interfacing and Zipper Foot.

I bet you are going to be the Zipper Master in no time at all. Keep practicing and you will see the results.

Remember to Pin these graphics or follow this board to have these instructions in hand everytime you want to try this technique on your garments.

Now for the FREE SPECIAL BONUS TECHNIQUE:

Shorten a Zipper
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Learn how to shorten a zipper.
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