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lining and zippers

DK123 | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

Does anyone have directions or books or any ideas the best way to sew zippers and linings the way they are sewn commercially (manufactured).  when one looks at a store bought dress, the lining is sewn to the zipper tape by machine….

would be interested to know any references or anything to be able to sew garments with linings and zippers to look like they were manufactured that way.

and also, the way the zipper tape at the top is folded in somehow.


let me know.


  1. alotofstitches | | #1

    lining and zips

    I too like the inside well finished with a lining but I'm sorry to say it's hard to describe in print.  Threads Oct/Nov 1992  has an excellent article, The Invisible Zipper, that literally changed my approach to zips.  After applying tips from that article, (esp. the YKK zip foot!)I always have success with invisible zips thus the garments look more RTW than homemade.

    RTW does sew the lining to the zip tape and also eliminates facings applied on top a lining.  I sew the lining to the bottom of the facing for a much more finished look and less bulk.  Then at the neckline the lining/facing piece is sewn with a zipper foot to the zip tape, longer stitch, all the way to the end of the zip.  If using an invisible zip, I sew past the end of the zip tail to hold the tail down for easier zipping.  then finishe the neckline seam. 

    I learned more on this method by taking apart RTW to see the technique.  Most RTW has junky construction but does have good teckniques for finishing zips.


    1. sunnycenter | | #2

      I agree! So much less bulk and so much easier. Like you say, just have to take some of this stuff apart to see what they did.

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