Invisible zippers may be intimidating as an idea, but they are a great resource and not as scary as you may at first think.
When you buy an invisible zipper, it usually comes with instructions, but if you need a little more visual help or lost the little slip of cardboard, I’m here to help!
- Have our garment right side out. Feel free to stitch up the portion of the garment below where the zipper with stop.
- Pin the zipper to the right side of the garment with the coil DOWN and the seam allowances of the zipper and garment matching. Make sure the zipper is all the way at the top and the excess is turned back.
- Using you zipper foot, stitch down the zipper! Take your time and keep the coil pushed back as much as you can. You will need to stitch in the groove RIGHT BEFORE the coil. Don’t get too close, or the zipper pull will catch on the fabric. Too far away, and the zipper will show. Stitch that little tail at the top down as well.
- Now, do the same to the opposite side! Be sure that the bottom of the zipper isn’t twisted weird, but looks like the picture below.
- Turn the tail of the zipper to the inside and flip garment inside-out.
- Now for corrections! Zip the zipper up! If it catches, that spot will need to be fixed. When zipper up, look for spots that look like this:
Make those spots so you can fix them. You don’t even need to rip out the old stitches! Just get back on your machine and try again 🙂
- If your zipper ends short of the seam, it is an easy fix! Simply pin the section and hold it taut and flat on the machine with your hand. The zipper will try to bubble and mess you up, but hold it steady and it’s tamed.
- All done! It’s like there isn’t even a zipper there!