How to Sew in a Zipper on a Pouch or a Dress: Exposed & Concealed Zipper Sewing in Quick & Easy Step

You can find zippers as a perfect closure that can be attached to your bags, purses, pants, dresses, sleeping bags, and much more. However, looking at a zipper, you might be wondering how a zipper is ever attached. So, if you want to learn how to attach a zipper to your work, here is a complete guide.

If you want to learn how to put on a zipper, we will make it easy for you by breaking the section into two categories. First, we will learn to attach an exposed zipper on a purse, and then in the second section, we will learn to attach a concealed zipper on a dress.

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Things you need to sew in a zipper

  1. Two pieces of fabric
  2. Zipper
  3. Zipper foot
  4. Pins or clippers
  5. Seam ripper
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Part 1. Sewing Zipper onto a Pouch: Simple Step-by-Step Procedure

In a pouch, the zipper is exposed and sandwiched between two layers of fabric. Here is a step-wise procedure

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Step 1. Clipping Zipper onto Fabric

Place the fabric on the top-right position over your work area and place the zipper on it with the zipper pull facing down. Attach pins or clippers to keep the zipper in its set position during sewing.

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Step 2. Sewing the Zipper

Now place it under your sewing machine so that the zipper foot is evenly over the edge. In this way, you would have even a seam allowance.

If there is a smaller zipper pull, you can sew it in one go. However, if there is a wider zipper pull, you must break the sewing into two halves.

First, you must position the zipper foot on one end and sew it below it. When you reach the zipper pull, you need to stop sewing and pull the zipper pull below, and then continue sewing the zipper edge over the zipper pull.

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Also, you need to do back-and-forth stitching towards the edges of the zipper for a better and long-lasting stitch.

Repeating the same procedure on the other side would complete your zipping task.

Part 2. Sewing Concealed Zipper onto a Dress: Simple Step-by-Step Procedure

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Step 1. Stitching Two Pieces of Fabrics

Instead of cutting an opening into a single piece of fabric, you need to use two pieces of fabric. Stitch two pieces together with a seam allowance.

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Step 2. Positioning the Zipper

Now you need to position the zipper with the zipper pull upside down, placed at the center of the stitch. With the help of needles, you can firmly position the sipper on the fabric.

Step 3. Sewing the Zipper

Now begin with a back-and-forth stitch, and then sew all around the zipper. When you reach the edge, lift the zipper foot, turn it 90 degrees and stitch the bottom of the zipper and then the other side.  Remember that if the zipper pull is wider, you must sew it in parts.

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Step 4. Exposing the Zipper

Using a seam opener, you need to open a cavity for your zipper pull. The rectangular stitches would help you guide the zipper position.

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Conclusion

Now you have learned how to sew a zipper successfully, you can do it in your sewing projects in more creative ways. You can either try it on bags and purses or try it on the back of your dress.

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