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The thought of sewing a zipper into a skirt intimidates you? Learn how to sew a zipper on a skirt with this quick and easy technique! With this simple method, you’ll be able to insert a concealed zip in any garment!
How To Sew A Zipper On A Skirt
Hey everyone! Do you want to know how to sew a zipper on a skirt? If yes! Then, you are at the right place. Today, I am going to share the easiest way to sew a zipper sot that it looks concealed (not invisible, just hidden inside the fabric). In this tutorial, I sew a zipper on a skirt using a regular sewing machine.
I am officially in love with zippers, they are so easy to use! I really don’t know why I was so terrified of them before, they really are easy to insert into about anything. It all takes just a little practice and some patience at first. In this short and easy tutorial I’ll continue the series of zipper installation with how to sew a zipper on a skirt. This concealed zip technique applies to basically any piece of garment, most commonly dresses or blouses.
When making garments, a lot of us encounter the problem of zippers. It may seem complicated, but it’s very easy if you follow these steps. If you can sew on a button, you can sew on a zipper! Whether you are a long time seamstress or a sewing newbie, following my instructions will make it a breeze. This is an easy tutorial with comprehensive step-by-step instructions and color photos showing you how to make sewing a zipper on a skirt easy.
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Zippers are most times a really nice addition to any item, from clothing to bags or pouches. A dainty and elegant addition to an everyday wardrobe. A zipper can really add a nice pop of color and an interesting design feature to any of these. This simple method will teach you how to sew a zipper on a skirt so that it looks more concealed and you can sew it on to be as visible or concealed as you like, using this simple and easy method. Note: This is not an invisible zipper tutorial though, that’s actually a different technique that you can find here.
How to put a zip in a skirt
- 2 pieces of fabric
- zipper foot (regular zipper foot, not an invisible-zipper foot, that particular foot is used for sewing invisible zippers and that’s not what we’re doing here)
- zipper (for beginners the type of zipper I recommend is one with plastic coils)
- matching thread (for this tutorial I used contrast)
- needle matching your fabric and thread
- sewing machine
- iron and ironing board
- seam ripper
- fabric marker or chalk
Sewing the zipper
Sew the fabrics together
- Put your 2 strips of fabric right sides together and sew them together on the wrong side, using a basting stitch.
- Press that seam open.
Center the zipper
- Place your zipper with the right side facing down on that seam, starting about 1/2″ from the top of the fabric to have some room for a seam allowance at the top (assuming you’re sewing this zipper on a piece of garment and not just for practice).
- Make sure you place the teeth of the zipper right on the line of the seam and pin it in place. If you’re using a longer zipper, make a mark to the bottom of the zip, where you’ll need to cut it short. You might find it useful to tape the zipper down to the fabrics to keep it from moving. Then remove the tape after sewing the zipper in place.
- Pin the centered zipper to the fabrics.
Sew the zipper
- Install your zipper foot and take the fabric over to your machine. Pass the zipper pull and press the presser foot down then start sewing as close to the zipper teeth as you like. Back stitch.
- As you reach the end of the zipper, lift your presser foot, pivot the fabric and sew across the bottom of the zipper, lift your presser foot and pivot again then sew down the other side of the zipper.
- Stop as you get close to the zipper pull.
- Trim excess zipper tape.
- At this point you have the option to leave the zipper edges as they are or use a zig zag stitch or a serger /overlocker (or any of these finishing methods) to finish the edges. This is particularly useful if your fabric frays a lot so you need to finish those edges to prevent fraying when washing the garment.
- Take your fabric on a side and rip the seam open so you can expose the zipper on the right side of the fabric too. Just make sure you don’t rip down to the bottom where you’ve sewn the zipper in place.
- Open zipper a little, go back to your machine and continue sewing where the zipper pull used to be.
- And you’re done! If you’re using this technique on a real piece of garment such as a skirt or dress, all you have left to do now is sew the side seams and the waistband.
With this method, your zipper is hidden inside the fabric, even when you don’t use an invisible zipper. And you can use this technique for sewing zippers on pants too.
Have fun using this easy and simple technique on all your skirts and dresses that require sewing a zipper!
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