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How to Sew a Zipper Full Guide of 2023

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Learn how to sew a zipper can be one of the most intimidating skills to learn when you’re new to sewing – and invisible zippers sound even scarier!

But once you know how you sew in a zipper, you’ll find that they’re actually not that difficult: they just need a little specialized knowledge.

Never fear — we’ve put together everything we know about sewing zippers (including sewing an invisible zipper) to get you off to a flying start.

Let’s take it out…

How to sew a zipper

how to sew a zipper

What do I need to sew a zipper?

There are a few important pieces of the puzzle when sewing a zipper.

It’s not much, but you want to make sure you have these. Things before you get started on your project.

Proper Zipper

Of course you need a zipper.

However, there are many colors, styles and sizes of zippers, so be sure to pick one that works best for whatever you’re attaching it to.

If you can’t find one that’s just the right length, pick one that’s slightly longer than the opening you want to place it in.

For these instructions you will rather need a zipper with metal teeth. than plastic teeth, because you will iron the zipper and you don’t want it to melt.

To prepare the zipper for the project, use the lowest setting on your iron to press the fabric sides of the zipper so that it is as flat as possible.

Zipper foot

Sewing machines have a special needle foot for sewing zippers.

See more: The best sewing machines for making clothes.

There are two different zipper fasteners: a general zipper foot and an invisible zipper foot.

Usually an invisible zipper foot with the machine, so if you like to plan to make invisible zippers, buy the invisible zipper foot first.

sewing invisible zipper

Sewing a regular zipper

Regular zippers are easier to figure out than they look.

They really only take one It takes a few minutes, and it’s a very simple process that’s easy to do on whatever fabric you’re using.

Prepare the fabric and zipper

First, pin the edges you want to zip together and run a basting stitch (usually a simple long stitch) to sew them together.

Use the seam allowance you project for the rest of the. Then turn the fabric wrong side up and iron the edges so that they open flat and as close to the basting stitch as possible.

Place your zipper, zip up and face down, on the open seam and pin it in place, being very careful to align the center of the zipper with the seam.

Sew the zipper

Place your needle all the way to the left so that it goes through the left hole in your zipper foot and slide your fabric under the needle, keeping the edge of the zipper aligns with the side of your zipper foot.

Your needle should be as close to the serrated edge as possible. Sew the zipper all the way down, horizontally across the bottom, and back up the other side, keeping your needle as close to the notched edge of the zipper as possible.

Make a few backstitches to secure the thread and remove the fabric from the sewing machine.

Finish the zipper

Take your seam ripper and carefully tear the basting stitches on the center seam, exposing the zipper.

Remove the remaining threads and unzip your zipper. zipper to make sure there are no problems with the zipper itself.

Using the instructions, you will most likely add a hem to the top of the fabric to cover the raw edge of the zipper.

sewing a zipper

Sewing an invisible zipper

Invisible zippers sound even scarier than normally zip, but in reality they are just as easy!

They take It takes some getting used to, but looks much more professional and concealed, as the name implies.

Ready the Fabric and Zipper

Open your zipper, place it wrong side up, and roll the teeth of the zipper away from the fabric, then iron it on the lowest setting and press it flat; do this on both sides.

Pin one side of the opened zipper to the front of the fabric — make sure the wrong side is facing up, with the far right edge of the zipper flush with the edge of the fabric.

Sew the zipper

Place the fabric under your zipper foot, the teeth of the zipper under the groove furthest from the edge of the fabric; it allows your needle to sew as close to the zipper teeth as possible without damaging the needle or zipper.

Sew all the way along the zipper until the foot touches the zipper touches. slider at the bottom and sew back a few stitches. to keep the zipper from twisting while tightening.

Place this side of the zipper under the zipper foot, still in the groove furthest from the edge of the zipper. the fabric , sew to the slider and then sew back.

Zip the zipper all the way up and sew from the edge of your stitching under the edge of the zipper and the rest down the seam, overlapping the stitching as close as possible from the seam to the zipper.

Finish the zipper

Turn your project right side up and iron gently to check the edges are sharp.

Zip the zipper a few times up and down to make sure there aren’t any problems you haven’t noticed.

Here’s a great video on how to sew an invisible zipper:

Final thoughts on sewing zippers

Zips can be Mo seem difficult, and the first few times they can be difficult.

Many people have to unzip and try again a few times — this is completely normal and nothing shame on you!

It doesn’t matter what zippers you do – normal or invisible – they are easy to learn, and with enough practice, you can do all zip like a pro.

Now you know how to sew a zipper — any questions?

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.