Tips For Sewing An Invisible Zipper (Video)

I LOOOOOOOVE sewing invisible zippers! Ever since I mastered how to do it properly, it’s my go-to zip. (I rarely install a regular zipper anymore just because I find invisible zippers so much easier to sew in.) I have lots of tricks for installing an invisible zipper, and I’ll be sure to share them all with you. For starters, in the video below, I share two ways to make sewing an invisible zipper easier.

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Hi everyone,

I’m in the Brother booth in one of the many rooms at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Minneapolis. And I just finished teaching a class called “Better Dressmaking.” I was giving all the students some tips and tricks for improving those dressmaking techniques that you know and love or, sometimes, the ones that you loathe.

So I have a couple of tips I wanted to share with you, specifically about sewing an invisible zipper. There are two tricks that I love doing with an invisible zipper that I think will make things a lot easier for you the next time you do one.

The first thing you want to do is iron the zipper flat. So open up your zipper, lay it right-side down so that you have the wrong-side up, and throw a low iron over top of that zipper tape. The low iron temperature will make sure that those nylon teeth don’t melt, and this way, it will flatten out that little crease, so that groove that you have to sew in with your machine – it will be so much easier to get right in there when your invisible zipper is ironed flat.

The next thing that I love doing is I always use a piping cording foot when I’m installing an invisible zipper. So there are invisible zipper feet for your machine that you can try, but I find with the piping cording foot, I can just really get in there so much closer. So I always line it up, lower my presser foot, and then lower and raise my machine needle to make sure that I’m close to but not touching that presser foot; you can really get in there so nice and close and it just makes sewing an invisible zipper that much easier.

So I want you to give those two tips a try and let me know what you think. And if you have any tips for sewing an invisible zipper, please, share them. I’d love to hear.

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