Sew a Zipper - Just 4 steps!

 

When sewing for babies, toddlers and kids, Zippers can be very useful. The zippers come in many sizes and widths. You need to make sure that the zipper will not be directly on the baby's body, so it will not scratch him or hurt him in any way. That's why you need to sew on the garment a strap of fabric that will come underneath the zipper and will be in contact with the baby's body.

Sometimes you will prefer sewing a zipper on a baby's garment instead of buttons of any kind. Zippers keep the garment close; the garment can't be opened by the baby's movements. There are no "holes" of cold air (like there are between the buttons).

In www.sewing-patterns.org you will find sewing patterns for babies, toddlers and kids which include the necessity to sew a zipper. When you will use these sewing patterns, this article can help you in how to sew the zipper on the garment.

 

Sew a Zipper - Just 4 steps!

 

When sewing for babies, toddlers and kids, Zippers can be very useful. The zippers come in many sizes and widths. You need to make sure that the zipper will not be directly on the baby's body, so it will not scratch him or hurt him in any way. That's why you need to sew on the garment a strap of fabric that will come underneath the zipper and will be in contact with the baby's body.

Sometimes you will prefer sewing a zipper on a baby's garment instead of buttons of any kind. Zippers keep the garment close; the garment can't be opened by the baby's movements. There are no "holes" of cold air (like there are between the buttons).

In www.sewing-patterns.org you will find sewing patterns for babies, toddlers and kids which include the necessity to sew a zipper. When you will use these sewing patterns, this article can help you in how to sew the zipper on the garment.

 

What you'll need

 

Pins

 Pins

Zipper foot

 Zipper foot

Garment

 Garment

Iron On Interfacing

 Iron On Interfacing

Zipper

Zipper

Sewing machine

Sewing machine

Iron

Iron

Scissors

Scissors

 Chalk/Pencil

Chalk/Pencil

Thread

Thread

 

 

 

 

How to sew a zipper - 4 steps

 

There are a several types of zippers such as the invisible or the standard zipper. For the standard zipper there are two insertion methods. Here is how to sew in a standard zipper.

 

Step 1:

Secure the zipper area first.  This can be done by ironing a strip of interfacing along the edges, cutting along the edges with pinking shears or by using fabric glue. Either of these methods will prevent the edges from fraying and support the zipper.

sewing zippers


Step 2:

Fold the edges over, making the width of the fold 0.5 inch wider than the width of one side of the zipper and iron it.

sewing zippers


Step 3:

Place the pieces of fabric on surface, with wrong sides facing up. Place the zipper on the folds of the fabric, with wrong sides facing up. Pin it.

sewing zippers


Step 4:

Close the zipper all the way to the end (so it will not get in the way and will lie on the fabric better when sewing it). Using the sewing machine's zipper foot, topstitch the zipper with a straight stitch on each side of the zipper.

sewing zippers   sewing zippers

 

Important tips...

 

  1. The length of the zipper should be a little longer than the length of the zipper opening on the garment.
  2. When sewing the zipper (step 4), make sure to sew the stitch close the zipper teeth, so the fabric will not get caught when opening and closing the zipper.
  
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