There are many different types of zips out on the market, including invisible zips, zips with plastic or metal teeth and nylon zips. They also come in a wide variety of colours and sizes, don’t worry too much about if the zip is too long - they are very easy to make shorter.
Inserting ZipsA while ago I made a Hobo Shoulder Bag where I explained in detail how to attach a zip and also to make one shorter, please visit my previous entry to see how I do them.
Here are the steps to inserting a zip simplified:
- On the position where the zip will be placed use a baste stitch to make a seam
- Press seam open
- Line up the zip
- Stitch the zip in place
- Unpick basting
As I used a standard zip on the back of the dress it can be seen, if I had used an invisible one it would not be easy to see. The zip has not been finished at the top as I want to get it out easily for using on the final dress.
Useful ResourcesIf you prefer learning from watching videos I recommend Angela Kane’s Make Your Own Clothes. In particular, part 5 and 6 covers inserting invisible zips.
For a quick tutorial on inserting zips visit YCMTTV video on How to Install a Zipper.