Pickstitched zippers often are installed with a centered application. In this hand-stitched method from Threads #185 (June/July 2016), the folded fabric edges abut over the zipper teeth. With a lapped application, the zipper is offset from the opening edge, so that it's out of sight, and it's covered by an overlap of the fashion fabric. Lapped zippers go beautifully into a traditional waistband, and they're pretty at the back of a dress or top as well.
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