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 décor 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.
* With fabric right side up, place zipper pull side down along edge of fabric. Pin in place.
* Install zipper foot on sewing machine.
* Unzip the zipper a little.
* Line up presser foot edge with edge of zipper tape.
* Start stitching, backtacking at the beginning.
* When you get near the zipper pull, with needle down, raise presser foot and rezip the zipper. Continue stitching, backtacking at end.
* Repeat the above process on other edge of zipper - lining up fabric and zipper, pinning and sewing in the same manner.
* 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.
* Top stitch close to fold.
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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