Learning how to sew a zipper may seem like a hard task for someone who’s new to sewing. Nevertheless, with patience and practice, learning how to do it will be worth of your time and effort. Check out the tutorial below as I show you quick and easy ways on how to sew a zipper.
Aside from sewing buttons and other embellishments to your crafts and sewing projects, how to sew a zipper is also an important skill that shouldn’t be missed. If I remember it right, my first sewing project with a zipper was a pillow case. Soon after, I also tried adding a zipper to one of my skirts and from then on, my search for easier ways to sew a zipper started.
How To Sew A Zipper With Ease
Learning how to sew a zipper is a very useful skill every sewer should master, especially when you want to make your own clothes and other sewing projects that include a zipper. With constant practice, you’ll realize that it’s something not too hard to do. Check out this tutorial on how to sew a zipper in just two ways, so you could add zippers to your projects like a pro.
Here are the things you’ll need:
- Baby Lock sewing machine
- Wonder clips
First method: Basic Zipper
Step 1. Attach zipper to the fabric
Take your zipper, place it face down or right sides together with your fabric. Then, line it up at the edge and cut your zipper fabric the same length as your zipper. Attach with wonder clips or whatever clips you’d like to use.
Step 2. Sew the zipper into the fabric
First, line your presser foot at the edge of the fabric (as a guideline to make sure you sew down a straight line). Do a little forward and back stitch at the beginning (if you feel you’re going too fast, you can always adjust your speed control to make sure your foot pedal doesn’t go faster than you want). When you get down to the bottom, do a little back stitch, then cut your threads.
Step 3. Sewing the top part
Now you can see which to sew on the top part. So, take your zipper and unzip it a little bit (so it passed the area where we already sewed). Put it back in your machine, do a little back stitch, and sew right down along that same line. Just sew down until its two parts meet.
Step 4. See how it looks
Let’s see how it looks. Next, what you’re probably want to do is press this part with an iron. But be careful, if you’re using a zipper with plastic teeth, do not get your iron with those plastic teeth.
Step 5. Sewing the other side of the zipper into the next fabric
Now, to attach the other side, just do the exact same way. Place it with the right size together and flip it over. Also, make sure you’re matching up your fabric underneath (whether this is a little bag or something like that) if you really want to be precise with this kind of project.
Step 6. Sewing the end part
This time, you’re going to start at the bottom and sew up until you get to the zipper pull. Then stop, and zip it open again (you wanna make sure you’re sewing the same thing you did on the other side so your zip is evenly spaced). Now, take it off and unzip it just a little bit, fold it back over and sew the end.
That looks really great! Again press it, top stitch, do whatever, and you can see how wonderful it looks. Now you can zip it open and close. The nice thing about this method is you can decide on how to expose the zipper the way you want it to be.
Second Method: Concealed Basic Zipper
Step 1. Cut the fabric
Cut one big piece of fabric and cut it into two small pieces. Place it right sides together, sew them down and press that seam open.
Step 2. Get your zipper into the seam
Place your zipper the right side facing down on the seam. Start about half an inch from the top, just so there is room for the seam allowance at the top. Place the teeth of the zipper right on the line of the seam and pin it in place.
Step 3. Pin the zipper to the seam
Make sure you’re making it right down on top the whole way. More precise it can be better. Continue pinning. When you reach at the end for your last pin. You’re now ready to sew.
Step 4. Put your fabric in the machine
Take your fabric over to a machine. Move your zipper foot over to the other side, go past that pull like you did from the first method, place your presser foot right down (you don’t want to be so close that you’re sewing over the zipper teeth in the middle).
Step 5. Sew the zipper into the fabric
Do a little forward and back stitch, once you reach the end (you can see the end right along that metal piece). Lift your presser foot and turn so across the bottom and go back down the other side (lift, turn, and do the same thing). Stop when you get close to the pull. Do a little back stitch, cut your threads, leave that little cutting button.
Step 6. See how it looks like
Now you can see what it looks like. When you look at the back, you can see that little rectangle around. Flip it over to the front, you can see it there as well (you can use a thread that will coordinate with your fabric).
Step 7. Rip the seam open
Before you finish up, you need to expose your zippers so that you could actually use it. So grab your seam ripper and rip the seam open. You wanna pull the strings out, but finish up first those top pieces. So turn it back over, go to your machine, do the back stitch, cut your threads, and do the other side.
And you’re done!
There you go, look how beautifully that zips open and close. You can actually see it on the back of your dress. It’s really hidden in there you won’t really notice until you have to use it.
You can also watch full video for the full details and step-by-step details on sewing a zipper here:
You see? Sewing a zipper are not so hard after all. It’s pretty fun too! The key is to understand the steps and practice, and in no doubt, you can achieve a well-executed zipper sewing to give your project a clean, professional look. So just have fun, get creative, and try some other different ways.
Which technique will you try out in sewing zippers? I personally love using concealed basic zipper in my projects ’cause it’s very easy yet looks so pro. How about you? Leave those experiences and tips in the comment section below!
Now that you know how to sew a zipper, better add them up in your next sewing project! How about a DIY Makeup Bag? Your girls will surely love making this with you too!