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Teach Yourself to Sew: How to Install a Zipper

Video Length: 0:29
Produced by: Victoria North and Judith Neukam

Last week, we explained how a zipper works, and the best choice for your garment. In this latest episode of our beginner sewing series, Senior Technical Editor Judith Neukam demonstrates how to install a zipper into a garment.

Teach Yourself to Sew is for beginning sewers or anyone who wants to brush up on their skills. Throughout the year we will demonstrate basic sewing techniques, share tips, and give step-by-step instruction for beginner sewing projects.

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Comments (12)

Trudy66 Trudy66 writes: This is brilliant, I usually try to steer away from making garments with zips. This tutorial shows makes it look so easy. I think I should get practicing a.s.a.p
Posted: 5:00 am on September 24th

Sewfunnytroy Sewfunnytroy writes: This was extremely helpful; I especially love the method used with the steam-a-seam to help with stabilization of the zipper before it goes in the seam. I have very flimsy fabric & this will make it much more easier to install the zipper.
Good video
Posted: 11:10 pm on August 31st

Jenerator Jenerator writes: Finally! I've been sewing for probably close to 35 years and I've never been able to do a lapped zip till now, so thankyou to Judy and everyone at Threads for such a clear and concise instruction manual on how to install lapped zips!

The only problem I have (and this happens with zips that are not lapped too) is that when I put the facing into the dress I was making, the top edges didn't match up - the left side was about an INCH longer than the right side, despite using steam-a-seam to adhere the zip in the right place before sewing.
What can I do to prevent this happening in future?
Please help!
Posted: 7:25 pm on August 13th

fobscuripes fobscuripes writes: All so many years I've had bumps around my sliders. All I needed was a longer zipper to "park" the slider out of the way.
Genius! Thank you.
Posted: 12:06 pm on August 11th

Brit58 Brit58 writes: Thank you for this video. I am new at sewing and need to go slowly. I am totally obsessed with sewing at the moment and have had a class that I loved. I am hoping to increase my knowledge and skill and with the help of Threads I feel confident I can do it.
Posted: 8:07 pm on August 10th

GirlwiththeBraids GirlwiththeBraids writes: Wow! Thank you so much! I've tried so many times to sew on a zipper and they never turned out. You make it seem so easy! Haha. Thank you again and I can't wait to try it out. :)
Posted: 5:04 pm on July 27th

Sewnknit Sewnknit writes: What a great demonstration! Thank you so much. I can't wait to try your mehtod of installing a lapped zipper.
Posted: 1:41 am on July 10th

LimuLady LimuLady writes: Judy, your video demonstration was easy to understand and simple to follow. If the entire set follow suit--making sewing a snap, I'd love to have them and would recommend them to all my sewing family and friends. : )
Aunt Pinky
Posted: 10:57 pm on June 30th

RenaM RenaM writes: Thank you so much for this video. I recently took a class at the local shop & learned about zippers. This just adds to my information stash. I will practice with the steam-a-seam method as it looks even easier.

These videos are great. I hope they keep coming for us newbie sewers.
Posted: 8:28 am on June 30th

tamk tamk writes: I am a sewer and I have always trouble with zippers. Your presentation was easy to understand and vey informative. Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 10:02 pm on June 29th

Lipidnurse Lipidnurse writes: This was great. I am a quilter and have just started to do some sewing for myself. I have not inserted a zipper for years. You made it look so very easy. Thanks so much. I enjoy the videos, web site and Threads Magazine.
Posted: 2:13 pm on June 28th

russellgibson russellgibson writes: I am a novice this was a very nice presentation.
thank you much....A perfect lady for the job....
Posted: 11:05 am on June 28th

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