Monday, October 28, 2013

So Sew! Day 28: Installing a Zipper

Welcome to day 28 of our 31 Days sewing series! Lets learn how to install a zipper.

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In the last few days of this series, I want to share a few important tutorials with you. Today you are going to learn how to install a zipper!

I'm showing you how to install a zipper between two pieces of fabric. For this, you will need a zipper foot for your machine. Mine looks like this {next to the regular foot}:

My zipper foot can be used to the right or the left, but I always use it so the zipper runs to the left of the foot. I've heard of people that are able to install a zipper with a regular foot, but I don't know how they do it! I need my zipper foot!

To start, lay your zippers wrong side on your inner fabric's right side. The zipper needs to be open.

Then lay your top fabric's right side on top. So the zipper right side and fabric right side are together. {If you are only sewing your zipper into one fabric, not two, start with this step.}

Pin this in place.

Sew down this edge, with the zipper teeth to the left of the foot.

When you get near the end of the seam, you will need to stop and pull the zipper closed. This gets the zipper pull out of the way of the presser foot. See how the end of the zipper at the bottom of this frame is not sewn in yet?

Once you close the zipper, go back and finish the seam.

And one side is complete!

You probably want to iron this before going any further. Or maybe that's just me, because I'm the queen of ironing things. =)

You're half done! Now on to the other side. You line things up exactly the same way as before, except for this time the zipper needs to be closed to start out.

Just so you don't have to scroll back up: right side of inner fabric to wrong side of zipper...

Then right sides of top fabric and zipper together. Pin in place.

Sew down this side, making sure to stop and open the zipper before you get to the end...

And it is done! Make sure you iron the other side to keep everything laying flat.

The backside...

Pat yourself on the back. See how easy that was?

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Challenge: Have you ever sewn in a zipper before? What is stopping you? Give it a try, and soon! Be sure your machine has a zipper foot, or purchase one if necessary. I'd love to hear if you are one that can do it with a regular do you do it?

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