Sewing zippers. 6 common ways to set a zipper.

As a seamstress I cannot picture a time when there were no zippers. They are used to close garments, attach separate pieces and as an embellishment. It is impossible to imagine modern clothing without it. Sewing zippers may appear difficult to a novice. But like with everything, practice makes perfect. In this post I would like to show several basic methods commonly used in garments.

Sewing Zippers. 6 Basic Methods.

 

Centred Zipper

Sewing Zippers. Centered zipper

Description:

Zipper tape is inserted symmetrically between two parts of the garment.  It is the easiest and most common way used for dresses.

Method 1

 

 Exposed Zipper

Sewing Zippers. Exposed zipper

Description:

This method can be utilized as a design element as well as a fastener. It is most common on dresses and skirts. It is also very popular as a closure for pockets. With this method It is not necessary to set a zipper inside the seam as it can be done with a continuous piece of fabric. The seamless circle skirt is an example.

 

Lapped Zipper

Sewing Zippers. Lapped zipper

Description:

This method can be used pretty much anywhere where the centred zipper is used though it is especially popular in side seams. The zipper tape is set slightly off centre which makes the closing less conspicuous.

 

Invisible Zipper

Sewing Zippers. Invisable zipper

Description:

This is a very popular method to insert zippers into evening wear. It is also useful when working with sheer fabrics. The zipper tape itself is much thinner and doesn't add too much bulk to the garment. It also conforms to curves better than an ordinary one, making it a practical choice for close-fitted garments.

 

 Welt Zipper

Welt Zipper

Description:

This is a very versatile method; it can be used to enhance the tailored look of a jacket or to close the pockets on sportswear. It may be double-welted or single-welted and does not require a seam to be set into.

Open-end Zipper

Sewing Zippers. Open end zipper

Description:

Casual jackets, sport jumpers and windcheaters are the most common garments where this method is applied. The zipper itself is generally much sturdier than the dress zippers.

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