Monday, March 9, 2009

Basic Zipper tutorial in pictures for no one else's benefit other than my own!

Ok so a while a go I sewed a zipper into a cushion cover that i made. Then when I tried to do it again, i completely forgot all the steps and how I had made the first one! lol :) Does anyone else do that?

So anyway, I thought that it would be good to have it here on my blog so that I can refer to it (in pictures - i'm such a visual learner -) and that way i will always have a reminder!

Dodgy, dodgy snaps but hey... oh and i have the need to put it all into words that i, as a very basic beginner sewer, needs to be able to read/remember in days to come!



Step One: Press fabric and lay wrong sides together...

Step Two: Lay the zipper down where it will be placed in the cushion...


Step Three: Make a mark on the material (using a removable sewing marker) to show the start of the zipper and the finish of it...


Step Four: Change the stitch setting (or whatever it is offically called) and set it to 4 to do a 'basting' stitch (a temp stitch which will be removed later)...

Step Five: Press open the basting stitch so that it lies flat...




Step Six: Line up the centre of the zipper with the centre of the pressed basting stitched seam...

Step Seven: Pin it in place on the backside of the seam...



Step Eight: Flip it over to the right side and place pins there holding the zip in place...

Step Nine: Place pins all the way down the back side of the zip onto the same seam and then flip over the material (like in step eight) and put pins to hold the zip in place so that it looks like this on the right side...

and this on the wrong side...

Step Ten: Pop the zipper foot on and top stitch down the left hand side of the zipper, running along the teeth...

removing the pins along the way...

Step Eleven: Leaving the needle down, lift the foot up and pivot the material so that you can sew over the bottom of the zipper teeth. Go slowly and manually feed :)

Step Twelve: This is what it looks like once sewed up the left and right sides of the zipper...


Step Thirteen: Unpick the basting stitch that was made earlier...


Step Fourteen: Open and close to test it is all ok!

And here is the hidden zipper...


Here are a couple of the other cushions I made recently for the kids playroom futon...


Sew, there you go (lol!) just so i can remember it all for next time!

Lus x

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing!!! It has been years and years since I put in a zipper. I may need to refer to this next time.

Kaz :)

miss~nance said...

I have never liked sewing zip and havent been quite able to get them to sit right UNTIL Ifound instructions like yours. Now I sew zips (when I really have to - still like to go withthe envelope close in a cushion) and am happy withtht results.

miss~nance said...

BTW great cushions.

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