How to Sew In the Ends of a Zipper
When a garment is lined, has a facing, or is finished with bias binding, the top end of the zipper will typically end at the top of the garment; these zippers are finished in the same way. The traditional way to sew in this type of zipper is to attach the facing first, then sew in the zipper.
The Traditional Way: Facing First
To keep a facing from rolling out of your garment and showing itself, understitch it close to the stitching line that sewed the two layers together. To keep a facing from rolling out of your garment and showing itself, first trim and grade the seam allowance.
Baste the two pieces together using the seam allowance your pattern specifies or your garment already has. Pin the zipper down and stitch the zipper in with a prick stitch (a very useful hand stitch to know). Start sewing the zipper down at the bottom of the zipper on the seam with your zipper foot on the machine.
Also good when your top edge is finished with binding and not a facing.
The Quick Way entails sewing the zipper to the garment pieces first, making sure to place the top zipper stops far enough down from the edge to clear the stitching line. This difference will vary depending on whether you have a narrow or wide seam allowance.
Zippers That End at a Waistband or Standing Neckband
A zipper that ends in a waistband is finished in the same way as the Quick Way: the zipper is sewn to the garment before the waistband (or other finishing band) is attached, and the zipper top is encased in the belt along with the seam allowance when it’s flipped upwards.
Zippers That End at the Bottom
When the top of the zipper is at an upside-down hem, you simply fold the top ends of the zipper tape into the hem allowance, and the ends of the zipper tape are secured when the hem is sewn.
Zippers That End in Space
Zipper ends that are hidden, such as the bottom edges of most garment zippers or zippers in pillow covers, are typically left unfinished; after sewing a lot of tabs, I discovered that this is a great time to use Dritz’s Wash Away Wonder Tape for those exposed ends.
How do you put an invisible ZIPM into a side seam?
The definitive guide to putting in an invisible zipper
- With the right side facing down, place the righthand side of the tape down the lefthand open edge of your fabric (right side facing you) and pin into place.
- Attach the invisible zipper foot to your sewing machine.
Can you sew over a zipper?
*Yes, it’s OK to sew over your zipper (slowly so you don’t break your needle) and to cut your zipper if it needs to be shortened (just don’t cut the zipper pull off! );) Sew your zipper in straight using the teeth as a guide.
How do you sew an invisible zipper in a French seam?
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to sew a zipper into a French seam.
- Step 1: Reinforce the seam at the zipper. Mark the point on your fabric where your zipper will stop.
- Step 2: Sew the French seam below the zipper. Sew the French seam just like you normally would below the zipper point.
- Step 3: Clip into the French seam.
Can you sew an invisible zipper with a regular zipper foot?
But you don’t need a special foot to sew a great invisible zipper application; all you need is a regular zipper foot. Finish the edges where the invisible zipper will be applied first.
How do you fix a zipper that separates?
How to Repair a Split or Broken Zipper
- Remove the Bottom Stop from the Zipper.
- Position the Zipper Pull.
- Realign the Zipper Teeth.
- Reposition the Zipper Pull.
- Thread the Sewing Needle.
- Create a New Zipper Stop.
What is a separating zipper?
Separating zippers open at the bottom and allow both sides of the zipper to separate, similar to a jacket zipper. The type of separating zipper required depends on the garment; a metal zipper weighs more than a polyester or plastic tooth zipper.
Can’t get zipper up on dress?
Gently rub the pencil tip on both sides of the zipper teeth until you see the graphite on the teeth, then try sliding the zipper in both directions in slow, gentle, and smooth motions. Do not attempt to force the zipper, as this will damage your item.