How to Sew in an Invisible Zipper


Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Let’s put in an invisible zipper. They are very easy to do and it only takes two rows of stitching. In my opinion they’re easier than a regular zipper because there is no basting. The magic and the ease is all in the special foot that you need to put an invisible zipper in. Once you understand that foot it is 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 easy to do. Let me show you. When you look very close at an invisible zipper there looks to be no teeth on the top side. When you turn it over you see the teeth. However, the teeth 𝙖𝙧𝙚 on the top; it’s just the way it’s pressed over to the back. If you look at a regular zipper you have teeth on both sides that kind of go together like this. An invisible zipper has the same teeth, however it has been permanently pressed all the way over so that you see no teeth at all. The teeth would be on the underside. When the zipper is closed you do not see the teeth. Here’s the zipper and you can see that it’s rolled right over. I’m going to show you a couple of different products and how to work the feet that you can buy. You can get the different feet right alongside where you buy the zippers. You will have the actual foot part and the extra pieces are bars that attach to the foot. For example, this is my regular foot. I need to make this the same height as my regular foot. That’s why you have all of these different pieces. I’m going to need a short shank. On this particular one you will see that you have this little flat edge and rollers up in the front. The rollers are going to be at the front and the bar is going to be along this edge. There are little slots for sliding the bar onto the flat edge. Now the foot is the same height as the regular foot. Here’s another one. It’s the same theory: You have the foot plus the extensions to put the foot on. With the extensions again you match to the size of your regular foot. The package will recommend the right size. This is the front and I need to attach my extension onto this piece up here. In the back you’ll see a little groove. On the little extension you’ll also see a groove. You’ll just slide them together. Now the heights are the same for my machine. A lot of machines come with an invisible-zipper foot. That groove fits into that zipper. Here’s the one foot, and it’s just going to slide right on my machine and I will screw it on just like normal. There’s the other one. It will just snap on or slide on and I’ll be able to do up the screw. Regardless of the foot you use, the theory is the same. It’s going to take this little zipper and it’s going to unroll it so you will be able to stitch right along that edge. Then as the foot passes, the zipper will go back down to normal. Do you see how the zipper is fitting in that little groove? It’s going to force that to roll over so that as you’re sewing, it curls that over. It’s the same with this one. One side of the zipper is going to fit in this edge of the roller. The other side of the zipper is going to fit in that edge of the roller. As you stitch, this is going to be able to be curled over so you’re going to stitch right in that line. See how it’s unfolding it? That thread is right there along that edge. Here’s the other foot. You can see the little groove. The needle is going to go through. You’re going to use one groove for the left side of the zipper and the other groove for the right side of the zipper. Now that we understand the concept of the feet and the grooves in the zipper, let’s put the zipper in. First of all, choose a zipper that’s going to match your fabric as close as you can. Then make sure that you buy a zipper 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧 than what you want. Next will be just putting the zipper in. You will know that this side is going to go on here, so that side is going to go here. Open the zipper all the way. Just place that zipper over, match the top of your seam. Make sure you’re using the correct side of the foot. Then you’re going to be able to stitch right on the inside of that little line. And just sew all the way down. You are not going to be able to sew in this area at all. You will need to stop somewhere up at the top. That’s why it’s good to have a zipper a lot bigger. So stop exactly where you want the zipper to end, 𝙣𝙤𝙩 using this end. Now I’m going to sew the other side on. Line up the edge of the fabric to the edge of the zipper, then you’re going to use the other groove in the zipper foot. If you’re sewing with a larger seam allowance, you’re able to move the zipper over to wherever it needs to go. The seam line is going to be right along the edge of that zipper. When you come to the end you’re going to stop. Then you’re going to be able to do up the zipper and you do not see the zipper at all. The zipper is done. Literally two rows of stitching. When you turn the zipper over you don’t see any of the stitching because the threads are ‘way underneath those little teeth. Now you need to close the bottom up, regardless if it’s a small seam or a long seam for a dress. You’ll need to change the foot because this foot is only used to do these two sides of the zipper. Before you finish closing this seam, you just need to tack the zipper here. You’re not going to be using this end. You’re going to make your own end and that’s just going to prevent the zipper pull from coming down. Put a foot on that will let you get right close to this. It could be an edge stitch or another zipper foot. You’re going to stitch right through this fabric, catching the back side. You’re going to hold the zipper like this so the stitching is going to come from here and here all the way down. As you’re stitching, once you’ve gone past the bar tack you’re able take the zipper and move it out of the way. Make sure your seams are matching and sew right down to the end of your seam. This is the stitching line that is going to close the entire garment. You can get very close right to the stitching. You’re going to be able to cut that zipper off after your bar tack mark. You can see that that zipper is in perfectly and it will stop right at that tack mark. Invisible zippers are really that easy. You do not baste closed your seam first. You’re going to sew the left onto the left, the right onto the right using the correct foot. The foot is what makes this so quick and easy. So it doesn’t matter if you use the foot that came with your machine or if you find it easier to use the ones that you can buy right where you buy your zippers. Where they have the zippers, you’re going to be able to buy these feet and they will fit pretty much every machine. So if you have more than one machine you will be able to use the attachments for all of your different machines. I really hope you give the invisible zipper a try. It really is a quick and easy zipper to do. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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