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zippers in crepe back satin

Anja | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Does anyone have experience sewing with Crepe back Satin. I am having trouble getting zippers to lay flat and not pucker/bunch/curl up. Any ideas?




  1. joanfitzu | | #1

    Put the zipper in by hand, using a prickstitch (tiny backstitch). The zipper will look better and lay flat. I have found putting zippers in by hand sometimes doesn't take as long as by machine. I like the way they look especially on dressy fabrics, the stitches blend into the fabric better than machine stitches because they are small.

    1. Anja | | #2

      Thanks for the response, do you sew your zippers just into the seam allowance or do you topstitch through all layers or both?

      1. joanfitzu | | #3

        I sew it by hand the same way I would with the machine, I go through the outer layer, the seam allowance and the zipper tape. I think once you put a zipper in by hand you will be happy with the results, and they don't take much time.

      2. SAAM | | #4

        You may want to also put strips of light weight interfacing onto both sides your seam allowance to stabilize the fabric.

      3. mygaley | | #5

        Thinking about hand-picked zippers reminded me of a Threads photo of a zipper that used tiny color-matched beads to emphasize the back seamline. They were included in the seam that held the zipper and were about 1 bead-width apart on both sides of the zipper. A very smart detail. Galey

        1. MaryinColorado | | #7

          I love that idea.  The beadwork sounds subtle but classy.  You always sound so experienced and helpful with your answers.  Thank You!  Mary

  2. mem | | #6

    try putting a light fusable interfacing on that part of the seam..

  3. mrsdwight | | #8

    I just used invisible zippers in crepe back satin for my daughter and her little girl. Except for the pulls, they disappeared completely into their seams.

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