Often asked: How To Sew On A Zipper On A Jacket?

Sewing the Zipper Placket // Kelly Anorak Sewalong

Because the Kelly Anorak was originally designed to be unlined, the placket provides an attractive way to conceal the zipper; the method differs slightly for the lined version, but we’ll cover both in this post.


The raw edges of the right and left sides of the zipper should line up with the neckline for the best snap placement. The raw edge of the bottom right zipper facing will be finished when we attach it to the lining. The widest seam should be touching the main body fabric, or the side you’ll see from the right side of the jacket.


Stitch the facing right side together along the zipper seam, all the way to the bottom edge, and topstitch along the length of the zipper facing to secure everything. The folded hem should align with the finished placket edge.


If you’re making the lined version, attach the lining first; if you’re making the unlined version, fold the facing in half and topstitch along the zipper seam allowance on the right side of the jacket to ensure it matches up with the center front jacket seam.


Read the next post in our Sewalong series, Sewing an Unlined Kelly Anorak, here. Topstitch the lining along its entire length, anchoring it through all the layers. Doesn’t the inside look as pretty and polished as the outside?

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Do you need a zipper foot to sew a zipper?

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 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.

Can you sew a zipper by hand?

A hand-sewn zipper is a beautiful thing, and it’s sometimes necessary, but it’s never intimidating or frustrating. The video shows how simple and easy it is to sew a centered zipper in by hand.

How do you make a curved zipper pouch?

The “curved zipper pouch” is one of today’s handcrafted goods.

  1. Sew the outer fabrics right side together (don’t sew 1cm from the edges. )
  2. sew the inner fabrics the same way (leaving 6cm open for turning. )
  3. Cut off extra seams and press seam allowances open.

What can I use instead of a zipper?

The following are some alternatives to using a zipper:

  • Velcro.
  • Hooks and eyes.
  • Studs.
  • Buckles.
  • Snap fasteners.
  • Eyelets. Velcro.
  • Eyelets.

How do you install an exposed zipper?

Sewing an Exposed Zipper in 6 Easy Steps

  1. Stabilize and staystitch the seam before sewing it. Fuse a 1-inch-wide interfacing strip to the right side of both zipper seam allowances.
  2. Clip and press the seam open. Diagonally clip into the seam allowances at the zipper base.
  3. Baste the zipper to the garment.
  4. Trim away the seam allowance.
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How do you install a zipper that is too long?

Reduce the length of a closed bottom or separating zipper.

  1. Mark the desired length of the zipper on the tape.
  2. Remove the teeth for 1 inch above the mark.
  3. Add new top stops with needle-nose pliers after removing the teeth by any method.
  4. Measure the zipper’s length.
  5. Cut off the excess (I use paper-cutting scissors).

How do you fix a zipper that separates on a bag?

How to Repair a Split or Broken Zipper

  1. Position the Zipper Pull.
  2. Realign the Zipper Teeth.
  3. Reposition the Zipper Pull.
  4. Thread the Sewing Needle.
  5. Create a New Zipper Stop.
  6. Repair Above Damaged Teeth.
  7. Secure Thread.

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