Add an exposed zipper to a garment

I’ve been asked to do a tutorial about exposed zippers, which are a popular way to add pizazz to a garment. Basically, it just means adding a zipper right on top of the fabric. Normally, of course, you try to hide most of the zipper tape inside. But the exposed zipper is just that … exposed. And that makes it really, really easy to do. A few things: You can do this on an existing garment or on one you are making. You can do it where there is no seam (like my example) or on a seam. You can…

All about zippers

So … zippers. Some people love ’em, some people tremble at the idea of having to put one in. In today’s post, we talk about different kinds of zippers and when to use them. We’re going to start doing some different zipper installation tutorials, and as we do, we’ll link to them here.

Recessed zipper on a bag

I’ve had a lot of people ask about doing recessed zippers on bags — especially people who want to add a zipper to our diaper bag pattern. I decided to go ahead and whip up a tutorial. Whip up – hah! I spent some time mentally developing a game plan. It was a game plan that didn’t work out as planned. I loved the fabric and was determined to complete this, so I took a breather and then undid a whole lot of stitches. Then I did some more thinking and a very obvious method came to me. If there’s…

Continuous zipper tape

Continuous zipper tape gives you control over your project in ways you might not have thought about before. You buy it by the yard and purchase zipper pulls and stops separately. Then you just cut off the length you need, install the pull and you’re ready for use.  I always thought installing the pull would be complicated, but it was really easy. Check it out!

How to insert an invisible zipper

Invisible zippers are beautiful on skirts and tops. They are a discreet closure for beautiful garments, and they are not hard to do. One difference you’ll notice from the way you insert a regular zipper is that you do not stitch the rest of the seam first. You first insert the zipper, then sew the rest of the seam. Frankly, I find it easier to get a nice, even finish with this type of zipper.