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How to sew a zip

How to install a zip

In this post you will learn how to sew a zip. You can use these instructions to insert a zipper into a skirt, dress, cushions etc.


Easy zip insertion tutorial for beginners

Make sure the edges of your fabric are finished (refer to the Back to Basics seam finishes guide here for help).  For this tutorial we sewed a zigzag hem.

Sew your seam leaving a gap equal to the length of your zip. 
Press your seam allowance back where the zip will go.

The easiest way to sew a zipper

Turn the fabric over (right side up) and lay the zip under the opening to pin in place with the two edges of the fabric meeting exactly so the edges meet perfectly when the zip is closed.

How to use a zipper foot on your sewing machine

Put your zip foot onto your machine with the needle to the right and the foot to the left.  Sew the zip in all the way down the left side.  


When you get just beyond the teeth of the zip leave the needle in the fabric and turn the fabric at a right angle so you can sew across the bottom.  Then turn 90 degrees again to stitch up the right hand side of the zip. You can feel the zipper teeth with your fingers if you need to some guidance when stitching. 

Sewing a zip the easy way
Easy zipper sewing tutorial

Then your zip is finished and ready to be used.