How to Sew a Zipper

Once you have mastered the art fo adding a zipper to a project or a garment, the world is your oyster to endless possibilities of creations. To know how to sew a zipper with a professional finish is priceless and yet quite easy.

There are so many items that you make that require the insertion of a zipper, that the sooner you master how to insert one the better, and there will be no looking back.

Depending on whether you are inserting a zipper into a skirt, jacket or pair of jeans to which application you will need to use, although the overall process is just the same, with only a slight variation between them all, being their visual finish.

Centered Zipper

This would be the most commonly used of all applications to insert a zipper into a garment/item, leaving a symmetrical look to the finish. The Centred Zipper application can be used for all Zipper applications for a plain standard finish.

How to Sew a Zipper Tutorial
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Lapped Zipper

The Lapped Zipper is the asymmetrical finish to the Zipper application and more commonly used in dresses and skirts, for a tidier finish than the Centred Zipper.

Lapped Zipper Tutorial
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Open-Ended Zipper

As it says it is, this Zipper is designed to pull apart and be an Open-Ended Zipper that requires the zipper halves to be fully separated from each other, including:

  • Jackets
  • Cardigans
  • Coats
  • Hoodies
  • Sweatshirts etc

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Lets Merge Like a Zipper for Professional Finishes

As you can see, there are a few options available for sewing a Zipper into your garment/item, depending on the fabric, and desired finish of your project, although they are all much the same.

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