Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Zipper Finishing Made Easy

Threads magazine - 132 – Aug./Sept. 2007

I have come up with a great way to sew a perfect zipper. After machine-basting the seam together, I place 1/4-inch-wide adhesive quilter’s tape (it’s a lot like narrow masking tape) on the right side along each side of the seam line. I hand-baste the zipper in place using relatively large stitches, then machine-stitch along the outside and bottom edges of the tape to secure the zipper.

The stitching line that results is parallel to the seam line. Even if the zipper teeth aren’t centered on the seam opening, you can’t tell from the outside because the zipper stitching is symmetrical and the zipper insertion looks impeccable. In addition, there is no sticky residue when the tape is removed.

submitted by Shelby Meade
from Threads #132

sewing in a zipper

Sign up for the Threads eletter

Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

Sign Up

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 42% and get a free gift


Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Discussion Forum

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More