Sew it right and no-one will notice; get it wrong and the whole room will know. In this article you will learn how to sew a zipper as well as how to choose a zipper.
Decisions, decisions! There’s so much choice when it comes to buying your zipper. Thankfully, the length and style will be listed on the back of your pattern envelope. But as for the material and colour… as with most things sewing it’s a matter of choice.
Just like other clothes fasteners, zippers are sewn so that they won’t be noticed… and after all that effort… so choosing a color to match your fabric is the safest option. If your fabric is patterned, steer towards the lighter colors rather than the darker tones. Of course, if you’re the kind of person who likes to make dramatic fashion statements, then make your zipper work for you by buying something bold, strong and, possibly, metallic!
And size matters… the size of the zipper teeth that is! For a delicate sew, such as children’s clothes, skirts, dresses, trousers, then a small tooth size is appropriate (size 1 to 4). However, a thick outdoor jacket needs a chunkier zipper (medium size 5 to 7). Large size zippers (8 to 10) are usually used for wet-suits, heavy duty clothing… and tents!
Most importantly when buying your zipper – always, always try before you buy! Few things are more frustrating in sewing than carefully completing your project and then finding out that the zipper is a zip-not!
Many sewing novices (and experienced ones) are intimidated about sewing in a zipper. Here at Sewing For Beginners we have found a video that explains and demonstrates everything you will need to know on how to sew a zipper.
So from now on, you can forget stuck zippers with wobbly seams… with your new found skills you’ll soon be zipping along and teach others how to sew a zipper!
How To Sew a Zipper Video: