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

(Tutorial to come)

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.

Happy sewing

JoAnne Adrian
Director
Learn to Sew at Home with Jo ‘n’ Sew

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