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Insert a Zipper by Cover Stitch

Get a decorative effect with this swift method
Threads #204, Aug./Sep. 2019
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A triple, wide, or narrow cover stitch is a secure and attractive way to insert a zipper. The result looks like perfectly parallel topstitching rows along the zipper, an effect that is quick and easy to achieve with a cover-stitch-capable machine. This technique is ideal for projects such as tote bags, purses, pillows, or duvet covers. Use the standard or clear presser foot, or a dedicated cover/chain stitch foot, which is narrower than the standard foot, enabling the needle to get closer to the zipper coil. Apply interfacing to add body to lightweight to medium-weight fabrics and to prevent puckering along the zipper. See the full article by clicking “View PDF” below.


Learn tips for installing a zipper by cover stitch.


Machine settings

The cover-stitch machine offers three stitch options suitable for this technique. Be sure to test the stitch settings before beginning, to achieve the best…

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