I’m scared of the dark. And snakes. And I used to be scared of zippers too.
After my zipper post, some of you expressed your fear of zippers. Do you ever dismiss a project because it has zipper? Or decide to alter it into an elastic waistband or a button closure? I’ve been guilty, too.
Time to face your fear. It’s really not that bad! There are lots of ways to put zippers in. Zippers in a seam, lapped zippers, invisible zippers. So we’ll just start basic.
I used a turquoise silk for this tutorial, so the photos look a little funny. It looks like a flash, but really its super shiny fabric! (I got it at Mood in New York. Best fabric store in the world. Maybe universe.)
First, sew up the seam that you want to put the zipper in using a basting stitch. Press it open and center the zipper over the seam. Pin The zipper to one side of the seam allowance.
Starting at the top of the zipper, sew along the tape. Backstitch along the bottom and continue sewing back up the zipper.