How to Sew a Zipper — Part 5

SKU: X-HT-200623



Welcome to the Sailrite® 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 (#200627XHT). Throughout the series, we’re teaching new sewers how to form a stitch, how to sew seams, how to hem and more. This is the ideal sewing series for beginners and anyone needing a refresher on their sewing skills and important sewing techniques. In today's lesson, we're teaching you how to sew a zipper.

There are two popular zipper installations, and in this video you'll learn both. The Fold Under Method is used in bags and canvaswork, and a zipper plaque is used in cushions and pillows. Installing zippers is an essential sewing technique every DIYer needs to know. Our video shows you how to do this in an easy-to-follow, beginner-friendly manner.

In this sewing zippers video tutorial, you will learn:

  • How to sew zippers for bags and canvaswork.
  • How to sew a zipper plaque for cushions and pillows.
  • How to add match-up marks to your zipper tape and fabric.
  • How to use a seam ripper to open up a zipper plaque.

Sailrite is your zipper destination! We stock finished zippers in several lengths ready to be added to your projects. And we also sell separate zipper components so you can make a custom zipper in any length. Shop from our wide selection of finished zippers, continuous zipper chain, zipper pulls, and zipper top and bottom stops today. We stock multiple sizes, tooth types and a variety of colors, so we’re sure to have what you’re looking for.

Learning how to sew zippers is easier than you think!

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

We are sewing on the Ultrafeed® LSZ 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, 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!