How to insert zips

This workshop with Artisan Stitch will show you some expert techniques to inserting both standard and concealed zips.

How to insert zips

About How to insert zips

Perfect zips are tricky and sewing in a zip is a constant source of stress for some home dressmakers. Many people tell me that they avoid them entirely – even people who’ve been sewing for many years. I also struggled to sew in zips for many years; both standard skirt zips and concealed zips. But I can show you that they’re not really that difficult when you know how.

Unless you only want to sew with stretchy fabrics and elastic waistlines, or only make T-shirts that you pull over the head, then you need to be able to sew in zips. But a wonky zip is a giveaway that a garment is homemade so ditch the wobbly stitching and learn the sure-fire way to insert standard skirt zips using the lapped method. We’ll also include the dressmakers Mecca: concealed zips, also known as ‘invisible zips’. So-called because when inserted in a seam, you can’t see there’s a zip there at all. It just looks like a beautifully-pressed seam. This is a couture technique and is well-worth learning to achieve the beautiful minimal appearance. This will really give your garment the professional touch.

Being able to put in a zip is a foundation sewing skill. Most skirt, dress or trouser patterns need a zip to be able to get the garment on and off. So take this quick little class and get a grip on those zips. No more lumps and bumps; just perfect zips every time.

Sewing machines and all materials are provided. If you prefer to bring your own sewing machine, you’ll need a zip foot (and a concealed zip foot if you have one), the instruction manual and remember your power cable/foot control.

Duration: 2.5 hours

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