Saturday, March 12, 2011

Zipper Tutorial

Sewing Zippers CAN be easy!  Here is a quick and easy tutorial for adding zippers to your projects. 

Zipper Tutorial
Shown in the Zipper YoYo Bag Tutorial

Some Tips before you get started:
  • Start with a new needle
  • 2.5-3mm is a great stitch length
  • Buy a Zipper that is longer than needed
  • Try some differnt feet:  zipper, zigzag, etc.
  • Finish the seam with a nice topstitch or zigzag on the outside

1.  Lay out front side of your project, right side up. Use your selected foot (I used a zipper foot) and 1/4" seam and sew to bag front.

2.  Finger press away from zipper.  Topstitch 1/4" from fold.

3.  We are going to repeat the same process to add the zipper to the back.  Finger press away and Topstitch 1/4" from fold.

4.  I had some fabric excess fabric so I trimmed the back raw edges of the to be even with the zipper for a clean look.

5.  When it is time to sew up the edges, move your zipper stop to center while you sew.  Be careful to keep the open zipper edge still together.  Once sides are sewn & zipper stops reinforced, trim ends.

Tada!  Zippers made easy! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Natalie! I have no idea how to do zippers but will use your tutorial for a reference. Thanks for posting. I'd like to read more basics like this one.