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How to sew a zipper???

timeflies | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi, I’m new here, and I’m looking for how to sew a zipper.  I’m a new sewer, and I’m fifteen, so I really don’t get all the sewing “lingo”.   If you could fill me in, I’d be really thankful!!


  1. suesew | | #1

    Where are you putting this zipper? There are several ways to do it depending on the application. If your zipper came in one of those cardboard folders, there are very good directions inside.

    Edited 8/22/2005 8:16 pm ET by suesew

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    There is some basic information on the Threads website http://taunton.com/threads/index.asp In the left hand column under Articles you will find some zipper info in Sewing Basics and Garment Construction. Have you checked the sewing book section at your local library? Usually a library has at least one genral sewing book. A favorite good one is the Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing that is often found at used book sales and yard sales as well as the library. The older editions are just as good, or perhaps better, than the new ones.

  3. mimi | | #3

    timeflies:  What type of garment are you putting the zipper in?  For example, a pair of pants would have a lapped zipper down the front seam (like a pair of jeans) or a centered zipper on the side or back.  Zippers on the back of a dress or top would be centered, or you could use an invisible zipper that does not show on the outside.  None of these are to hard to learn :)

    I know how intimidating closures like zippers and buttonholes can be, but you can master this if you take your time!  Keep asking questions and the sewers here will help you.


  4. woodywoodpecker598 | | #4

    I just saw this site a few days ago but haven't done too much checking on it but it does have some stuff about zippers. Hope it helps you.


    Your right I missed a letter, hope this works now.

    Edited 8/25/2005 11:23 am ET by woodywoodpecker598

    1. theOracle | | #6

      I couldn't get the link to work. Is it correctly spelled?



  5. mem | | #5

    WhenI was at your stage of sewing I often used to put in my dress zips and skirt zips by hand . Its certainly agood idea to tack everything as keeping everything stable while uou are sewing in the zip on the machine is important.  Get a sewing book and just read it for fun I have learned so much doing that . Good luck its such a great past time .

  6. woodywoodpecker598 | | #7

    Here's another one for you to check out, has good pictures.


    Scroll down to the May 27, and May 20 dates.

    Lots of good info at this site.

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