Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Insert a Centred Zipper

This technique is courtesy of Sandra Betzina. Always buy a zipper a couple of inches longer than you need, makes it easier to manouvre.


  • Interface both sides of the seam allowance where the zipper will go, using the non-stretch direction for greatest stability.
  • Mark the level of the bottom stopper on the seam allowances.
  • Machine baste the opening closed, to the bottom marking, and then sew the seam below it closed with a regular stitch length. Press the seam open.
  • Lay Wonder Tape to RS of both sides of the zipper.
  • Place the zipper, face down, along the WS of the basting line, with the bottom stopper above the bottom marking. This way you won't break a needle when you stitch it in place.
  • Sew the zipper in place from the RS through all thicknesses. To do this, place a strip of Scotch Tape centred over the zipper and use the edges as a stitching line.
  • Remove tape, open up basting.

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