|Me in my Sewing Summit Zippers class – shot by Faith from Fresh Lemons Quilts. See, zippers *can* be funny.|
I have tried to word the steps so that they can be applied to most any bag or pattern that you are working on. If you need additional help adding a zipper to particular bag that you know the dimensions of, please feel free to drop me a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following will be covered in this post:
1. Top Zip (such as for a zippered pouch)
2. Zippered Panel (like in a 3-dimensional bag where you sew the exterior and lining independently)
3. Zippered Pocket (I’ll show you 2 different ways to do it)
4. Invisible Zipper
2. Zippered Panel
4. Invisible Zipper
Sewing with an invisible zipper is deceptively easy. No special foot is needed, you can use your regular zipper foot for this one! Invisible zippers can be used in dresses, skirts, etc.!
1. Take out your zipper. With your iron, flatten out the coils on each side. The flatter the better!
2. Normally in a garment, you will finish the edges that the zipper will be installed on. In my example, I have used my serger to finish the edges, but you can also use a tight zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. My zipper is positioned according to the seam allowance (which is why it’s pushed to the side of the serging in this photo). The zipper is face-down, with the teeth furthest from the finished edge. I left a gap at the top because I will theoretically be adding a facing to finish the neckline. Sew all the way down to the bottom of the zipper.
3. You will repeat the previous step for the opposite edge of the zipper. It can be helpful to place your fabrics right sides together, so you can easily see how you need to pin the zipper against the fabric.
4. To finish the bottom of the zipper, sandwich your fabrics right sides together. The bottom of the zipper might seem like it is in the way, but as long as you can sew 1/8″ away from the previous seam allowance (from attaching your zipper), you should be okay.
Hope this has helped you a little bit! I know a lot of people don’t like working with zippers, but once you’ve sewn with a few, you’ll be able to show it who’s boss. Spend an evening working with scraps, like I did, and you’ll never look back.