How to Sew a Zipper — Part 5

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Welcome to the Learning to Sew Series! This is a seven-part video series that teaches you the fundamentals of sewing. We started with Part 1 and how to set up your sewing machine. Throughout the series you'll learn how to form a stitch, how to sew seams, how to hem and more. At the end of the series, you'll put all these skills together and sew a pillow with a zipper. In today's lesson, we're teaching you how to sew a zipper.

Sailrite's Learning to Sew Series

This sewing tutorial series is intended for beginner sewers and new Ultrafeed® Sewing Machine owners. But even if you're not new to sewing, there are valuable lessons in these videos that will benefit all sewers. Whether you're brand new or you need a refresher course, you're sure to find these videos useful and informative. You might even learn a new trick or two!

This is Part 5 in the Learning to Sew Series and it’s a good one! Now that you’ve mastered setting up your machine, stitching, and sewing seams and hems, we know that you’re ready to tackle your next lesson: zippers. Zippers can seem intimidating to many beginning sewers, but we’re here today to tell you that they don’t have to be!

In this sewing zippers video tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to Create a Zipper Plaque
  • How to Sew a Zipper Chain
  • How to Sew Across Zipper Teeth
  • How to Use a Seam Ripper
  • How to Install a Zipper Slider
Learn how to sew a zipper plaque

Learning how to sew zippers is easier than you think!

The simple zipper plaque technique taught in this video is a zipper installation method that's perfect for cushions, pillows and a variety of other applications. We're using decorative upholstery fabric and a continuous zipper chain for this demonstration — a typical pillow assembly.

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to sew a zipper plaque. Many people think sewing zippers is too daunting or complicated, but it's not!

This is just one method for installing zippers and, as Eric mentioned, there are other methods that you can use for different types of projects. If you’d like to learn more about zippers, check out our Sewing Zippers Video Series, which starts with the first video, "Sewing Zippers 101" (#200512XHT).

We are sewing on the Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 Sewing Machine for our Learning to Sew Series. This industrial-strength, portable sewing machine sews both straight and zigzag stitches. The Ultrafeed is ideal for canvaswork, sewing sails, home and auto upholstery, outdoor patio projects, bag making and more. If you're in the market for a dependable, well-built sewing machine, we encourage you to read our blog "Why Choose an Ultrafeed?" (#300330XHT). It will tell you everything you need to know about our lineup of powerful, proprietary sewing machines with exclusive technology only found at Sailrite.

When you've practiced sewing zippers and you're ready to move on, go to Part 6 of the Learning to Sew Series (#200622XHT) where we learn how to take projects up a notch with decorative piping. Don't miss it!