Threads tutorial: How to put in a zipper

Zip Me Up Please!

Hellu Pussycats!

Putting in a nicely sewn zipper can feel like a 
real achievement!
Not the easiest thing to do especially
when you are starting out.
It can also be a source of frustration even for those
of us that have put in hundreds of them.

I found this wonderful zipper tutorial
from Threads.
(which BTW is an amazing resource for tips and how tos)

This is a great post  for both the beginner and
those of us who might need a bit of a refresher.
She talks about the center zip, the lapped zip and the invisible zipper.

Her suggestions of using interfacing as a stabilizer
is a very good one. 
Just remember to do a tester first on a small scrap
to make sure you can see the outline of the interfacing
on the right side of your garment.
And of course- check the heat setting on your 
iron before setting in the interfacing or the zipper.
I like to use a hot iron most of the time and loads of steam.
BUT! it has gotten me into trouble
b/c I sometimes forget to adjust.
You want to make sure that your iron settings aren't too hot
to avoid shiny marks, scorching or horror of all horrors...melting and scorching!
eek!
Been there :(

Lapped Zippers are great for skirts and pants.
Again- this is all about practice.
She says it all here. Pin everything in place
and go slow-don't rush.

Sometimes it helps to try it out on a tester first.
Take some scrap pieces of fabric and a few ugly coloured zips and make up
a "fake" back of a skirt like what she uses in her photos.

Practice sewing in your lapped zipper a few times before you attempt it
on the real thing.
Carpenters have a saying... Measure Twice Cut Once" 
(which couldn't be more true!!)

I say "Practice on a Mock Up, Save Many Swear Words and Many Ruined Projects"
You don't want to know how many pieces I have thrown
away b/c I was in a hurry and screwed up an application.

Lastly, the Invisible zipper really is the easiest.
If you haven't tried it- give it a shot....you will wonder
how you lived without it.

Hope you find this post as informative & interesting as I did.
Have a great afternoon Pussycats!
Be in touch, Luv Weezi :)





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