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invisible zippers

Madeleine_Weiler | Posted in The Archives on

There is very little information available on instructions for applying invisible zipper. Any sewing books I have does not go into much detail. Can someone help?


  1. Martha_McKeon | | #1

    Madeline - try the Reader's Digest Guide to Sewing - you can probably find it at the library. Unique used to print the instructions inside the package for the invisible zipper. Both sources are good.

    1. Catherine | | #2

      *Madeline - I have a copy of this book at home. If there is no copy in the library, I will photocopy the relevant pages and send them to you. Communicate with me direct on [email protected].

      1. Darlene_ | | #3

        *Go to http://www.sewing.org/learn/invisible.html and http://www.sewing.org/learn/invisible.html for excellent directions. I just put my first one in a graduation gown and my only problem came when the bodice was a layer of lace over an underlining - I had to move the stitching over so the lace wouldn't catch in the zipper, otherwise it turned out beautiful. A seamstress told me always to buy the zipper longer than you need, then you cut off the excess. Good luck.

        1. Juley_A._Karns | | #4

          *An excellant but old book for invisible zippers is Sew Smart by Judy Lawrence and Clotilde.

          1. Juley_A._Karns | | #5

            *A good but old book that give detailed information puting in an invisible zipper is Sew Smart by Judy Lawrence and Clotilde.

          2. Jen_Donnelly | | #6

            *I just installed one this weekend and learned something new: if your seam allowance for the zipper area is exactly 1/2", you just align the edge of the zipper tape with the edge of your fabric, because the width from the edge of the zipper tape to the stitching line is almost exactly 1/2". This makes it much easier to keep everything lined up with fewer pins while stitching.

          3. Carol_T | | #7

            *The little feet that are supposed to be used to attach the zipper do not fit my Bernina 830. I have learned to use the pintuck foot and needle position dial to install invisible zippers. I have also done this with a regular zipper foot. It takes a little bit of practice, though.

          4. Carrie_Schneider | | #8

            *Also, I have found that I really like YKK Unique Invisible Zippers the best, in combination with the foot they sell to install it. The foot has a roller on the front of it, making installation much easier! Also, one more source for good directions is in Singer's Sewing For Special Occassions.

          5. lin_hendrix | | #9
          6. thimble_ | | #10

            *I have a tip for perfect invible zippers as I must have done hundreds now!I always start my zipper with the teeth 3/4" from the top of the finished edge. This way when you put a hook and eye closure in it will close over completely... I usually baste the zipper down on one side first to at least 1" past the opening...dont forget to interface the area where the zipper is going to be installed. then stitch the zipper down...i use a special foot on my industrial machine but on my 7570 i use the zipper foot with the needle right at the edge of the zipper, almost catching the teeth. Once one side is sewn, I mark off onto the zipper and the garment all crossing seams or other points on the garment that need to line up exactly. I then baste the zipper in and stitch it right up...Then I close the opening, add any facings if necessary and press...good luck!!!thimble!

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