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How to install a Zipper into a project


How to install a zipper

Do you think zippers are scary? Have you avoided them? There is really nothing scary about them.

There are a number of zipper sewing methods - exposed zipper, lapped zipper, invisible zipper, centered zipper, separating zipper, fly front zipper and side placket zipper.

This tutorial shows how to install an exposed zipper. For this method, a common zipper is sewn into a project where the teeth and part of the tape on either side of the teeth is visable.

This zipper installation is seen in sportswear, home d├ęcor projects, pouches, purses and many other projects. A new fashion trend, seen more and more today, is exposed zippers in many designer garments.

This video tutorial and the written instructions below will explain how to sew a basic exposed zipper.


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HOW TO INSTALL A BASIC ZIPPER.

ITEMS NEEDED:

Fabric
Zipper
Sewing Machine
Zipper Foot

INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1:
* With fabric right side up, place zipper pull side down along edge of fabric. Pin in place.
STEP 2:
* Install zipper foot on sewing machine.
STEP 3:
* Unzip the zipper a little.
STEP 4:
* Line up presser foot edge with edge of zipper tape.
STEP 5:
* Start stitching, backtacking at the beginning.
STEP 6
* When you get near the zipper pull, with needle down, raise presser foot and rezip the zipper. Continue stitching, backtacking at end.
STEP 7:
* Repeat the above process on other edge of zipper - lining up fabric and zipper, pinning and sewing in the same manner.
STEP 8:
* After stitching zipper in place, press fabric away from zipper. If zipper is nylon or polyester make sure you do not touch teeth with iron or they may melt.
STEP 9:
* Top stitch close to fold.

How to install a zipper

Example of the back of an installed the zipper

Installing zipper is a common sewing technique. With just a little practice, you will feel comfortable sewing zippers into projects.

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