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Conceal the Zipper Pull on a Hand-Picked Zipper

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Prevent the zipper pull from peeking out at the waist, as inset image shows, and instead conceal the zipper pull for a professional-looking finish.

This method for concealing the zipper pull when installing a hand-picked zipper was taught to me by my friend Emily.

Many of us who sew were taught by a family member, neighbor, home economics teacher, or friend. Often, it was a combination of several of these sources, along with available books. Even if you’ve sewn for a long time, it’s important to acknowledge those who helped along the way. A fellow custom clothier, Emily showed me a trick that conceals the pull for a neat and clean appearance.

This method came in handy a few years ago when I did lots of hand-finished details on my client’s garments. I never liked seeing the zipper pull near the waistband or facing at the top of the zipper.

1. Determine the length of the zipper you will use, and cut a piece of fusible stay tape or interfacing in…

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