How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy







Sew it simple. Sew to have fun. How? It’s straightforward after you learn The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew! This time, learn how to insert an invisible zipper. To seamlessly—pun intended—insert an invisible zipper into the seam use this modified approach, attaching the facing before sewing the zipper. It’s a new approach and one of my absolute easiest sewing tips.

How to Insert an Invisible Zipper

  • Stitch the shoulder seams of the top or dress.
  • Fuse interfacing to the front and back neckline facing fabrics.
  • Stitch the shoulder seams of the facing pieces.
  • Do not stitch the center back seam at this point.
  • Align the facing to the garment, right sides together, matching notches.
  • Stitch the facing to the neckline.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy




How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Press the seam allowances toward the facing.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Understitch, stitching the seam allowances to the facing. Use a multizigzag.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Flatten out the zipper tape, pressing the teeth to the outside.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Place a piece of tape or a pin above the zipper stop on one side of the zipper.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Mark the 5/8″ seam allowances along both sides of the center back seam. Begin marking at the neckline seam, and continue marking the length of the zipper opening.
  • Align one side of the zipper tape to the corresponding side of the dress, meeting the zipper teeth to the 5/8″ marking and placing the zipper top slightly below the neckline seam.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Pin one side of the zipper to the fabric.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Attach the Invisible Zipper Foot. Starting at the neckline seam, position the presser foot on top of the zipper tape with the needle stitching along side of the zipper teeth.



How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy







  • After stitching, close the zipper to check that the zipper stop is directly below the neckline seam.
  • Align the second half of the zipper at the top of the neckline, placing the remaining side of the zipper at the same distance from the top of the neckline.
  • Align the zipper teeth to the marking; pin. Then, stitch the zipper to the remaining side of the dress/top.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • After stitching, check to make certain the neckline edges align.
  • Fold the facing over the zipper tape; hand stitch.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  • Pin the lower portion of the seam from the hem to the end of the zipper.
  • Move the invisible zipper foot completely to the left of the needle. Stitch from the zipper stopping point to the hem.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



  •  Ta da!


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy



The Invisible Zipper technique, plus much more is printed in The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew.


How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy



Kudos to Diane Dhein, the editor, and Laure Noe, the illustrator, for making this book possible.

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew chapters include:

    • Sewing Notions
    • Sewing Machine Confidence
    • Serger Spotlight
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Facts
    • Sewing Basics
    • Beyond the Basics

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