Quick Answer: How To Sew A Zipper On A Knitted Dress?

On Zippers in Knits

Kate’s Guide to Knitwear Zippers is a book for seamstresses and seamstitutes, and it took her four hours to finish the first six-inch sleeve zipper.

Lesson 1: Choose the Right Zipper

Make sure you get a zipper that fully separates if you’re making a jacket or cardigan; a zipper for knits should be heavier than a zipper for woven fabrics. Good quality zippers will be labeled with a number that indicates the width of the coil/teeth.

The one at the top has a coil-style closure, rather than teeth. These are too light. The one at the bottom is plastic pretending to be metal. The center one is the best choice for a heavier weight knit fabric.

A zipper with traditional metal teeth rather than plastic teeth is generally heavier for a knit jacket; for lighter fabrics, choose plastic teeth or a coil-style zipper.

Lesson 2: Consider the Fabric You’re Sewing To

If the knit fabric relaxes after the zipper is installed, puckers will appear. Use a tighter and more stable edging where the zipper will be installed, or work a picked-up i-cord edge on your knit fabric if you want the zipper to be hidden.

Lesson 3: Wash Before You Put the Zipper In

You’ll need long sewing pins, strong sewing thread, and a sharp hand-sewing needle to block the pieces before sewing them together. Caro Sheridan recommends using blocking wires to stabilize the edge you’re sewing tou2013 feed one along each edge of the garment before you pin.

Lesson 4: Pin and Baste and Sew

Open/separate the zipper and carefully pin the tape along the edge of your garment in the right direction, about every inch or so.

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The zip is pinned along a slipped stitch edge, ready for basting.

The knit fabric’s edge is about a quarter inch away from the teeth, but it does pull away slightly once sewn in, so don’t worry about it sticking too tight.

In this case, I want the zipper to be hidden when it’s closed, so I’ve worked i-cord at the edge.

To work in the right side of the garment, use long stitches, about half an inch (1 centimeter) or so, and work in the space between the first and second stitch of each column.

I’m working in the column between the first, slipped, stitch and the second stitch of the row.

If you’re using ribbon, sew it on the inside of the knit fabric, just inside the edge stitch, and then sew the zipper to the ribbon; the ribbon stabilizes the edge of the knit fabric and gives you a wider base to pin to.

Lesson 5: Wash/steam After It’s In

If you’re going to wear a zippered top, you’ll need a special kind of zipline; it’s worth another steam or wash to make it gorgeous, tidy, and perfect, because you’ll wear it with pride and everyone will want to admire your accomplishment.

Can you hand stitch a zipper?

After tacking the zipper tape to the seam allowance with a couple of stitches for extra security, the needle is brought to the right side of the garment and the zipper is stitched on with a prick stitch, or a hemming stitch if the zipper will be under strain.

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Can you sew an invisible zipper by hand?

The invisible zipper foot will make sewing an invisible zipper much easier, but if you don’t have one on hand, you can still sew an invisible zip with a regular sewing machine foot (it will just take a little more practice)!

Can I sew a zipper without zipper foot?

No, zipper feet are useful for sewing zippers, but they aren’t required; before zipper feet became popular, sewers figured out how to sew zippers with a regular foot, and many still do today.

Can you sew over a plastic zipper?

Nylon and plastic zippers sew very easily across the zipper u2014 just use the handwheel and go slowly u2014 but be aware that sewing across a nylon or plastic zipper will almost always damage that part of the zipper, so there’s no going back! Remember that you can pin zipper tape!

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