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Inserting a zipper in a bias seam

cheri14 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, I’m new to Gatherings and I’m hoping someone can help. I’ve made a bias cut skirt from a light weight  synthetic suede.  I’m having trouble  with the zipper in the side seam.

The first time I inserted the zipper, I used strips of knit interfacing on the seam allowances. When I finished, it looked nice, but when I tried it on, it really buckled. So I removed the interfacing and didn’t use anything for a stabilizer. That result was even worse! I was using a regular zipper, not an invisible one. Now I don’t know what to use and I’d like to salvage this project. Any suggestions?   Thanks in advance!




  1. SewTruTerry | | #1

    The reason the knit interfacing did not work was because it was not stabilizing the edge well enough.  Use a non woven interfacing and cut it going down the length of the interfacing as it comes off of the bolt.  Because even non woven interfacing has a slight stretch to it in one direction.  Then after you have carefully fused it in place then insert the zipper and baste in place by hand or even better use a pick stitch and insert it by hand.  That way you will be able to contain the stretch factor and it should lay smoothly for you.  Hope this helps.

    Edited 11/6/2004 1:48 pm ET by Terry

    1. SewNancy | | #2

      I agree with Terry, don't be intimidated by putting zipper in by hand it is easy and not even very time consuming.  An invisible zipper works a little better, but it is still possible to stretch the material.


    2. rekha | | #4

      This is brilliant! I now realise why I made a pigs' ear job of my daughter's dress! Thanks!

  2. suesew | | #3

    I would hang the skirt for awhile and let it stretch a little before I put the zipper in - also by hand. I had to do this with a slinky knit (not on bias) once and it came out beautifully.

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