But zippers are very hot right now. And if you can stitch a straight seam, you can install a cool zip in about 15 minutes. Here’s how I taught my students in a recent class at the Scrap Exchange in Durham.
Seam one: With right sides together and raw edges even, use long basting stitches to close the seam where the zipper will go. At the point where the zipper will stop, change to regular length stitches . Back stitch. Then sew to the end of the seam and lock (back stitch) again.
Seam two: Also happens on the back or inside of the project. First put the zipper foot on your machine. Now open the zipper and lay FACE DOWN on one seam allowance–doesn’t matter which one. The zipper teeth should snug right up against the seam. Pin and stitch one side of zipper tape to seam allowance ONLY.
Seam three: Your final seam (yes, you’re almost finished!) will be seen on the right side of your project, so it’s important to keep it straight. Careful pinning is the key. First close your zipper. Next, I pin everything flat on the inside, then flip and put pins on the outside. (Don’t forget to remove inside pins).
Now stitch a long “U” shape–down , pivot, across, pivot ,then up. Follow the arrows in the photo removing the pins as you sew. Press. Use a seam ripper to remove basting stitches and you’re done.
PS: If you’re interested in learning more basic sewing techniques, check out my upcoming classes at www.scrapexchange.org or join us for Sew Night Community Meet-up at the Scrap–2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6-9 pm. Sew Night is free and open to all!