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How to Sew and Finish an Invisible Zipper | Insider Video

Evamarie Gomez and Judith Neukam; Shot by: Gary Junken

Louise Cutting takes the mystery out of adding an invisible zipper to garments in this video from Industry Insider Techniques Vol. 7. She also offers advice for inserting zippers in fabrics with prints.

In Volume 7 of this series, Louise Cutting shares years of expert experience. It’s amazing how much you’ll learn as this gifted instructor demonstrates professional techniques, such as fine hand stitching and flawless miters. This level of workmanship is second nature to pros, and now you’ll see how they contribute to the quality of the garments you are making – and how to do them yourself. In this 15-part series, you’ll learn how to match stripes, prints, and plaids, reinforce underarm seams, sew a smooth neckline zipper finish, and many more expert techniques.

Watch more videos from this series here, or purchase the complete DVD from our store.


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  1. scrubble4 | | #1

    Louise: You are a gifted teacher. You know to show and highlight with your pointer and instructions every single step. I have watched so many invisible zipper insert videos and read so many articles. I still did not have clear in my mind how to faultlessly insert one. When it worked I felt lucky, not skilled. Now I get it.

    Camera close-ups, pausing so the student can process what you just taught and repeating when logical.

    Thank you so much.

  2. sewingbudi | | #2

    Excellent Instructions, Thanks!!

  3. catstexas | | #3

    Another great video presentation by Ms. Cutting. So clear with excellent words to accompany the video. Thank you.

  4. scrubble4 | | #4

    What is the source of the gridded fabric that you are using that is okay to iron on? I did a google search and did not come up with anything helpful. I would like to have that on my work table as well. I have the gridded cutting mats but not a gridded cloth. Thanks

    1. carolfresia | | #5

      The gridded fabric is actually a folding mat, which is padded, pinnable, and has a rigid structure, and a felt backing. The Threads staff is looking into the source and brand name, but as far as we are aware they haven't been on the market for a few years. It is a shame, because they are really useful. You'll see them showing up in many Threads videos.

      Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor

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