Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Invisible Zipper ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Invisible Zipper
pieraci2
star
pieraci2  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 11/16/09
Posts: 97
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/8/13 12:00 PM

Could someone please help me? I have been brushing up my skills and techniques, starting with such things as zippers, pockets, etc. I am attempting to put in an invisible zipper. I follow the directions carefully and consistently end up with the zipper in backwards! Cam anyone direct me to a good video that I could follow? I place my zipper right side down on the right side of the fabric, i iron out the coils, and it turns out that the zipper ends up on the wrong side of the garment. The crazy thing is...is that I put them in before and just forgot how to, again. No matter what I do, it always comes out with the zipper facing the inside of the garment. Right side to right side? Right?[QUOTE]The ultimate choice for a man in as much as he is given to transcend himself is to create or destroy. to love or to have...Eric Fromm

------
Paula

Vicsguy
star
Vicsguy
Advanced Beginner
OH USA
Member since 5/17/09
Posts: 224
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 4 members like this.
Date: 10/8/13 12:05 PM

I learned a simple trick. Right to right, raw to raw.

Basically, you line up the right sides of the zipper tape with the right side of the fabric and match the raw(cut edge of fabric) to raw(outside edge of zipper tape).

jewelsfashions

jewelsfashions
Advanced Beginner
MN USA
Member since 9/8/06
Posts: 780
Login to reply to this post

In reply to pieraci2 <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 10/8/13 12:09 PM

I just searched on you tube invisible zipper and got a lot of videos. You may want to check that out. You tube is great for a lot of things. Sometimes crazy things you would never guess would be on there. Good luck.

Forgot to say there was one video where the lady speaks about sewing a basting stitch at the 5/8 inch mark for lining up the zipper to. Why I haven't done that before I don't know. Seems so easy instead of marking with a chalk pencil that fades. Can't remember which one that was now.

Definitely helps "seeing" it in video.
-- Edited on 10/8/13 12:16 PM --

bakertoo
bakertoo
Intermediate
WA USA
Member since 12/26/08
Posts: 393
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Vicsguy <<


Date: 10/8/13 12:11 PM

That's a handy thing to remember, because it is so visual. I need that for sewing! Even though I have put in a few invisible zippers, I still have to look at my favorite article in Threads magazine, and stand and stare and visualize it! I don't know why, but maybe it just seems so counter intuitive the way an invisible zipper goes into a garment.
Anyway, thanks for the right to right, raw to raw. I might have to write that on a card and post it on my wall in my sewing room!

ConnieBJ
starstar
ConnieBJ  Friend of PR
Advanced
ON CANADA
Member since 12/31/03
Posts: 2175
Contest Committee

Going to PR Weekend Austin!
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 3 members like this.
Date: 10/8/13 12:16 PM

It is usually that little "flip" at the very bottom of the zipper that will trick you up. Because of the way you sew it, you may have to tuck around the bottom portion of the zipper to the proper side.
Try to baste one in first by hand to figure out what is going on.

------
Connie Bontje

http://www.couturesmith.com
Twitter: Couturesmith
Facebook: Connie Bontje
Desperately trying to keep ahead of my pattern, fabric and dressform collection!

jewelsfashions

jewelsfashions
Advanced Beginner
MN USA
Member since 9/8/06
Posts: 780
Login to reply to this post

In reply to ConnieBJ <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 10/8/13 12:27 PM

So true about the little flip at the bottom. I forgot about that.

dmh1
dmh1  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
NC USA
Member since 1/13/13
Posts: 326
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 2 members like this.
Date: 10/8/13 12:37 PM

I used the Colette tutorial when I was trying to wrap my head around invisible zips.

Colette Invisible Zip tutorial

MrsCharisma
starstarstar
MrsCharisma  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
MN USA
Member since 2/1/13
Posts: 2328
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 4 members like this.
Date: 10/8/13 12:47 PM

The flip is definitely the tricky part. Also, I read at some point NOT to sew the seam before inserting an invisible zip. This helped me tremendously. I sew the zipper with two "loose" pieces of fabric and for whatever reason, it goes in easier.

Good luck!

------
Nakisha
www.sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com
Singer Talent 3321 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

pieraci2
star
pieraci2  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 11/16/09
Posts: 97
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 10/8/13 2:07 PM

Thank you everyone for your help. I will visit what you suggested....thanks again.
Paula

------
Paula

aprilla
aprilla
Beginner
Member since 6/2/12
Posts: 367
Login to reply to this post

Date: 10/8/13 2:41 PM

I'm glad you got such help pieraci2 but now I have a puzzlement... what's the 'flip' at the bottom that's mentioned???
I've put in a few invisibles (usually while watching or reading a tutorial) but I can't see this flip in my memory of doing them
-- Edited on 10/8/13 2:42 PM --

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> Invisible Zipper

Merchants on PR
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Altering Jackets
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Jackets

Online Sewing Classes
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro

Butterick 4789
photo
Review by chicagoche... on 3/12/10
Read Review

Blank Slate Schoolday Skirt Digital Pattern
Blank Slate Schoolday Skirt Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sis Boom Bosco Bowtie Digital Pattern FREE
Sis Boom Bosco Bowtie Digital Pattern FREE

Details
Price: $0
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 2652
photo
Review by NhiHuynh on 1/6/12
Read Review

Sewing Workshop Tamari Apron Pattern
Sewing Workshop Tamari Apron Pattern

Details
Price: $8.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Petite Plus 202 Pattern
Petite Plus 202 Pattern

Details
Price: $21.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Burda 9793 Pattern
Burda 9793 Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 8983 Pattern ( Size 8-10-12-14-16 )
Vogue 8983 Pattern ( Size 8-10-12-14-16 )

Details
Price: $25.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN