Most people are just a little bit scared of zips. I suppose there are many different types of zips and that can be confusing. When you break it down though, it is not so bad! Mainly you have concealed and open zips. The rest is just variations of those two. So be brave and join me for a sewing course which takes you through the main six zip insertions.
1. The Jeans Zip
Actually this is my favorite one. There are many methods and this is just one of them. I do think its a simple way though which gives you great results. Do give it a try and be amazed what you can do.
2. The Concealed Zip
This one is a very important to know. Especially the part where you put the lining in. The trick I am showing you, I was shown a long time ago by one of my employees at the time. I was doing it so complicated! Her name is Allison and she had worked in industry for Laura Ashley for a very long time. She knew how to sew fast! I never looked back. It is so easy, do give it a try!
3. Easy Exposed Fashion Zipper
This method is simple and can be managed with little experience. You can insert a zip into a back which is cut on the fold. Some designs have a slit and a rouleaux loop as a back fastening. Instead you could add a little zip! It looks great!
4. The Wide Exposed Fashion Zipper
This a technique quite popular at the moment. The zip actually is sewn to the outside of the garment. It makes a very bold statement and is certainly great for a dress. This isn't difficult but you have to work accurately to make this look fab. After we finish the upper edge we are hand stitching the lining. Intrigued?
5. The Neat Fashion Zip
This technique leaves a very clean finish but I have to say you got to be quite accurate. This leaves the inside looking as good as the outside, very much reminiscent of the concealed zip method. I loved this one!
6. The Open/Plain Zipper
Now this one I am not so happy with. It is also called the lapped zip. The fabric overlaps in the center and is usually what is recommended in sewing patterns. Here I show you how to get a clean result. This zip is great for kiddo patterns which have a lot of strain on them. But I would almost prefer to do a fashion zip for that. Check it out and see what you think.