Here’s the ultimate tip for all sewers who love to sew but always had some issues when it comes to insert a zipper.
There are enough of good tutorials online where you can learn how to insert a zipper. Take a look at this one from Debbie. The cushion you’re about to see is made in this manner. It’s for my girlfriend’s dog who needs a new bed to snuggle in.
First you do a topstitched seam. On the lenght of your zipper you want to do a basting seam.
Your seam allowance should be the same as the zippers width. You can align the zipper itself very easily on the left side of your fabric with your seam allowance. Before topstitching the zipper onto your fabric you’ll do then a basting seam to make sure, the zipper isn’t moving around while sewing.
My advice: Take the piping foot!
Of course you’ll know the common zipper foot for sewing a zipper onto your fabric. Now my ultimate tip:
If you’re having a narrow zipper (in my example 4 mm or 0.16″) you can sew very easily with the piping foot.
The advantage is obviously: The two rows of teeth will go into the rill. So the zipper will not move while sewing. No more inconsistent seams anymore. With the piping foot it’s so easy you’ll be astonished!
At the end of the zipper
You can also use the piping foot for the bar tacking seam. I don’t change it.
Which slider and which zipper?
For the zipper I’ve used a slider for bed linen. This slider doesn’t have a pull tab. So if you’re using it for a cushion for example, nothing is disturbing your sleep. And for the zipper itself I’ve used yard ware. If you do not know how to insert the slider into the zipper, take a look at my youtube-video. There is a huge advantage by buying zippers by the yard. You’ve got always the right lenght at hand.
So, are you in the mood now for sewing bed linen?
I’m looking forward to your comments, whether my tip helped or if maybe you’ve used the piping foot already for inserting a zipper.