How to sew in a zipper (and more) made sew easy + giveaway

Are you a quilter who’s curious about sewing beyond the 1/4″ seam? Whether you’ve never had the opportunity to learn sewing essentials or simply forgot some sewing how-to skills, having the basics under your belt can open up possibilities for creativity, whether it be in home accents, accessories, clothing—even quilts!

how to sew in a zipperCase in point: zippers. How many of us quilters have spotted a cool bag, purse, or pouch pattern but decided not to make it because the design included sewing a zipper? (I know I have.) In cases like these, a basic reference guide that offers smart ways to prepare, construct, and finish a sewing project is a gem to have around. And today, we’re happy to announce a new book to the rescue: The Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing and Embellishing.

The Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing and EmbellishingThis new book from the editors of Sew News covers sewing for beginners and beyond. Find help on how to best sew different fabrics (like Minky—love that in quilts!), how to embellish in fun ways, and how to do just about anything with fabric: seam, cut, mark, hem, gather, shirr, tuck, and more.

Oh yeah—and ZIP! To show you how easy the techniques in The Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing and Embellishing are to use, we’re sharing a snippet from the book today. Learn how to sew in a zipper with professional-looking results in this quick zipper tutorial. There are three techniques for sewing zippers in the book; this centered-zipper style is most commonly used to install zippers in those bags, purses, and pouches you may be dreaming about stitching.


ZIPPER TUTORIAL: CENTERED ZIPPER

In a centered closure, the zipper is concealed by two flaps of fabric, one on each side of the zipper. When completed, two lines of stitching (one on each side of the zipper) are visible from the right side.

1. Placement for the lower zipper stop is usually marked on the pattern. Stitch the seam with a normal stitch length below this mark, backstitching at the mark. Above the mark, machine baste the seam. Press the entire seam open.

2. With the garment wrong side up, place the closed zipper right side down on the seam allowances, with the zipper teeth centered along the basted seamline and the upper zipper stop 1″ below the garment’s upper raw edge. Pin the zipper in place through the seam allowances only; don’t pin through to the outside of the garment.

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3. Using a zipper foot, baste the zipper to the seam allowances only.
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4. For best topstitching results, use a stitch slightly longer than for regular sewing, but not as long as a basting stitch. Be careful to stitch an even distance from the teeth. If this is difficult, use a  topstitching guide, or center 1/2″-wide transparent tape along the seam and stitch just beyond the tape edges. Working from the garment right side, topstitch the zipper in place using a zipper foot. To prevent ripples, sew both sides of the zipper in the same direction. Begin at the zipper upper edge and stitch to the end of the basted seamline; then pivot and stitch over to the seamline. Don’t backstitch; instead, leave a thread tail to pull to the wrong side. Repeat to sew the zipper’s opposite side.

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5. Use a hand-sewing needle to pull the thread ends to the wrong side and tie off. Remove the basting stitches and press with a cool iron.


See? A zipper is nothing to be scared of!

When you know a variety of common sewing concepts, you can adapt them to any project you make—which means you can make any project truly your own. I’m ready for the zipper challenge—how ’bout you?

So, where do you rank when it comes to sewing? Are you a strict 1/4″-seam sewist, or do you gather, pleat, and shirr too? Share your sewing story in the comments and you could win a copy of The Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing and Embellishing eBook! (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Ruth, who said:

“The greatest rule for sewing is that there are no rules.  That has been my motto for the last 45+ years.  I remember how frustrating I found my sewing classes.  I began sewing because my folks had little extra income for anything but necessities.  If I wanted clothing that looked fashionable, I had to make my own.  We were always taught that a 5/8 inch seam was the sewing standard.  I felt that nothing made my garments more homemade looking than that wide seam.  That insight was the beginning of my sewing rebellion.  Now I feel that creativity is diminished by rules.  Sometimes a 1/4 inch seam is good, sometimes not.  Why would i want to be so restricted.  Sewing is fun!  Enjoy the process!  If you get enjoyment from following rules, then do it.  If not then that too can be a blast.  Just enjoy the art and let it flow. That is how I find joy and contentment.”

Ruth, we’ll email you a special coupon code for a free eBook. Congratulations!


104 Comments

  • Oooo, zippers give me hives. I have done them, never sure how I ended up actually doing it but have yet to find THE perfect tutorial. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough, on purpose. :o) I used to be boxed in my 1/4″ world but now I throw caution to the wind and play with my machine and other techniques. I’m a show me person so visuals are very important but I have discovered sometimes doing it the "wrong" way is just right for me.

    Stephanie on July 3, 2012
  • I have sewn zippers when I made garments eons ago, but I sure never liked putting them in. I am a 1/4″ purist!! I even purchase 1/4″ feet for my sewing machines, as I think they are more accurate then the markings on my machines (Bernina and Featherweight).

    Jocelyn on July 3, 2012
  • I love to sew, but zippers are NOT my favorite. I’ve done ok with them, but I usually have to do them twice and they don’t look great, unfortunately! I still keep at it and maybe one day I’ll get the hang of it!

    —LauraH on July 3, 2012
  • "Yikes, Zippers!"
    [drops computer and runs]

    LOL!
    I’ve ventured into the land of shirring and pintucks. I’m not good at it, but I’ve tried it once. I mostly stay with the 1/4″ stuff.

    Jean on July 3, 2012
  • I have always put the zippers in clothing by hand. I like the look and it is successful. However, I am in the midst of putting in a 75 inch zipper in a Calif King duvet cover. This mini tutorial is helpful.

    —Sunny on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve only sewed a zipper once, and that was on a dog bed cover I made. It works ok, but considering it was just a dog bed for my dachshunds crate, I really didn’t make a determined effort to get it even and straight.

    —Lisa Cox on July 3, 2012
  • There is something other than 1/4″? OMG. Quilting and 1/4″ go hand in hand, so that is what I do. But I am getting ready to make covers for an existing rocker chair, using the old cover as a pattern, and guess what, it not only has zippers but piping too! I am terrified and this is going way out of my box! Wish me luck!

    —Stephanie on July 3, 2012
  • I have no idea how to put in a zipper. I quilt, but I don’t sew. I’d love to learn how to make garments. So far, I’ve been limited to snaps and sew-in velcro.

    —Carole on July 3, 2012
  • Oh I try all those things, pleats, gathers, zippers…all of it. BUT I’m not sure I do it all right and certainly not the easiest way so a book of tips would be so very welcome!

    —Carol Vickers on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve had to sew zippers for costumes for a local theater, but being a costume, it didn’t have to be pretty up close. ; ) I have sewn all kinds of things once, but very few am I good at. Help is always appreciated.

    —adrienne harrison on July 3, 2012
  • i avoid zippers every time i can. i made a couple of backpacks with super long zippers, that split to become straps…well, i got the two done, and that was that. it’s really hard to go back to anything that’s not 1/4″ seam allowance. it just doesn’t seem right. i have a cute pattern for a small coin purse that requires a zipper, which i haven’t done yet…..maybe after i watch the tutorial….

    —Lynette on July 3, 2012
  • I just made my first small little bag…with a zipper! My first try…and it worked! I might even go a little bigger now. (smile). Still worried, but I think it would be fun.

    —Jane Knoll-Tenney on July 3, 2012
  • I used to sew but now I quilt. Although I have sewn many a zipper its been years and this would be a great reference book to have on hand. 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on July 3, 2012
  • I am an avid quilter but have a passion for making purses with matching accesories, small stuffed baby and kid animals and lots of crafty items. Many require zippers and useful information on installing them is always welcome. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your new book.

    —Jean Brittingham on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve sewn many a zipper in my day, lol. Thanks for the refresher course. I began sewing dresses and skirts in the 70’s, then little dresses for my oldest daughters, and now I’m making fitted sun dresses for the 2 year old granddaughter. I’m hooked on the 1/4 inch though. I have to keep a mark for the 5/8 seam allowance for the clothing. Thanks for the opportunity to win this informative book.

    —Hilda Villalobos on July 3, 2012
  • I’m just a beginner so I don’t do anything fancy like zippers yet, but I will!

    —Debbie H on July 3, 2012
  • Clothing sewing has gone by the wayside since I’ve started quilting, but sewing a zipper and other embellishments is a good skill to have. A good reference book would be so helpful.

    —Colleen N. on July 3, 2012
  • I’m ok with zippers-I can do straight seams! I want to do piping including rounded corners. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Therese on July 3, 2012
  • Therese, the book includes how-to for making custom piping, corded piping, and for–yep!–piping corners and curves. I applaud your enthusiasm for learning something new–and for getting the zipper thing down. 🙂

    —Jenny on July 3, 2012
  • I have sewn since a teenager a still do some for grandkids. I have done many zippers but this is a great tutorial and I will try this method next time. Happy sewing and 1/4″ing.

    —Dorothy Reitsma on July 3, 2012
  • I used to sew most of my own clothes, but lately, have done more modest projects. I also like to quilt. I am hoping to get back to garment sewing, and this book looks like a wonderful source of inspiration!

    —Michele Van Epps on July 3, 2012
  • I began as an avid sewer and turned into an avid quilter. I learned to sew at a very early age and by the time I waws 13 I was making all my own clothes. In my first year of high school the Home Ec teacher didn’t know what to do with me as my skills were as good as hers. After many years of every kind of sewing, dressmaking, kids clothes, dolls and toys I decided to do what I really enjoyed which was quilting but ever now and then I sew something else.

    —Judy on July 3, 2012
  • no kidding, tackling a zipper is on my list for this week! eeeeek!

    —lynn on July 3, 2012
  • I used to do zippers alot as a teenager, making my own clothes, but have gotten out of the habit. They really go easier if you have the right zipper foot on your sewing machine! But being as it has been about 30 years since I did any zippers, a reference book would be great to have!

    —Madeline on July 3, 2012
  • I haven’t tackled a zipper in quite awhile. I try to avoid them but I think I’m up for the challenge again. You inspired me to give it a try. I tend to try different types of sewing, not just a 1/4″ seam. Thank you for the give away.

    —Carol on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve been sewing for over 40 years, doing everything from swimsuits to upholstery, but not a lot of embellishments. I’m always looking forways to jazz upbasic stuff, whether bougnt plain, or hand made.

    Jane Smith on July 3, 2012
  • I would give anything to not shiver when I think about sewing a zipper!
    It’s really on my to-do list to learn more about them so as to not avoid them. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Deb
    dr392809@gmail.com

    —Deborah on July 3, 2012
  • Well, I got into quilting because I had so many scraps leftover from sewing things for my daughter, so I do a bit of everything – but zippers always seem to throw me off my game a bit!

    —kelly jo on July 3, 2012
  • I was an avid sewer for over 30 years, and had a home based business, mostly alterations and repairs. So I did a lot of zippers. There was a lot of trial and error but I got it. I don’t do a lot of sewing garments anymore, I am retired. And I have ventured from the 1/4″seam allowance, 1/2″ and 5/8″.This book would still be a great reference to keep on hand, as now I’m teaching my granddaughter how to sew.
    Thankyou for this oportunity for a chance to win this wonderful reference book. My granddaughter would get a lot of use from it.

    —Linda Rielly on July 3, 2012
  • I’m more the sewer than the quilter, but it is always nice to have extra help given even for those of us who have been sewing for many years and still doing zippers. Several quilts are waiting in the wings.

    —Mary on July 3, 2012
  • I would not dream of making a tote without a zipper! It is too easy to pick up a tote upside down and spill everything.

    My best friend bought a tote – and then added a zipper. She sewed the zipper between two pieces of fabric, then sewed the fabric to the top of the tote.

    —Lynne on July 3, 2012
  • I mainly quilt so the 1/4″ seam in ingrained into my brain. Have put in zippers before but not my favorite things. Would love to win to help me in other areas of sewing.

    —Connie on July 3, 2012
  • Until a couple of weeks ago I was dedicated to the 1/4″ seam … but I have now branched out and put a zipper and ruffle on a little pouch as a gift … next stop darts and elastic and boning! Thank you for the giveaway!

    —Paula on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve done it all…zippers, piping, pleating, gathers and so on. Not crazy about zippers, but they’re no problem. I sew,and quilt, love it all!

    —Debbie Clayton on July 3, 2012
  • I would love to be able to do a zipper and have it look professional, no quirky lumps. Sounds like a book for me.

    —Gramma on July 3, 2012
  • Hello, I used to have Zipperscareness….but some practice and patience I have been cured. The nice mr Seamripper also need some training. The tip is to baste and not be in a hurry. I try ta have a mantra….I sew becasue it is fun, not to have a ton of ugly finished projects.

    Monica Appelkvist on July 3, 2012
  • Lots of practice and zippers are not that hard. Thanks!

    —Lee on July 3, 2012
  • I do zippers, piping, pleats, ruffles…you name it. I would love more instruction on putting a zipper in the top of a purse. So far I sew small zippers into lining, but I’d love to be able to close the entire purse with a zipper. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    —Marie P on July 3, 2012
  • I need that book! I’m a 1/4″ inch-seam sewist. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Sallie on July 3, 2012
  • I sew most everything- at least in a former life. 🙂 Now my sewing is mostly items for my granddaughter and small quilts.

    —joyce mosby on July 3, 2012
  • I am a quilter so 1/4 in. seams are a must. I worked for years in a sewing plant where we made lots of coats so and I did lots of zippers so can put zippers in in my sleep. : )

    Mary Thuringer on July 3, 2012
  • I have sewn hundreds of zippers. The worst is in a stretchy fabric. But I found a tape you can use that is water soluble and it works like a charm!

    —Roberta on July 3, 2012
  • I tend to stick with flat objects! Zippers, bags, any 3-D construction tends to confuse, then frustrate me. I do see lots of lovely bag patterns that I would like to try though, so maybe someday!

    —Amanda Best on July 3, 2012
  • Have the zippers down! I quilted for so many years that I was shy about venturing back into construction of anything. But I tried bags, then purses and now I’m into dresses for the little granddaughter. I’ve tackled the buttonholes! Zippers–nothing to it!

    —Pat Hersl on July 3, 2012
  • I usually do a lapped zipper because I have a hard time keeping the topstitching even if I do a centered zipper. I love to sew lots of different projects. I need to get busy and make some new pants for myself and shorts for my boys. Thanks for the give-away!!

    —Marilyn Snow on July 3, 2012
  • I CAN do zippers with the machine, and I did a lot of fly fronts when sewing slacks for myself. More recently, I’ve set the zippers by hand on gowns for my daughter and beaded every stitch. I do embellish, too: ribbon roses on a fuchsia taffeta dress she wore for a wedding, and now fabric flowers on the house blocks I am making for a quilt to donate to a Lutheran low-income housing project in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.

    Linda Carlson on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve done 4 zippers now and I’m getting better each time! I love when there are ‘caps’ at the end of each zipper so when I make a pouch the top looks nice and neat. I don’t have a zipper foot (yet) so it can be tricky to install a zipper.

    Amy in UK on July 3, 2012
  • My first zipper placement was a work of true zeal. I watched a teacher demonstrate, I reviewed the bulletin board with step-by-step instructions, and I read the package insert. When I completed the sewing it looked good but there was no way it would ever open. The teacher assigned another student with much more experience to walk me through the process. She eventually became my sister-in-law and I have never let her forget how much help she was to me. (And, with seven sons, I have replaced a few zippers!)

    —Janey Cook on July 3, 2012
  • The greatest rule for sewing is that there are no rules. That has been my motto for the last 45+ years. I remember how frustrating I found my sewing classes. I began sewing because my folks had little extra income for anything but necessities. If I wanted clothing that looked fashionable, I had to make my own. We were always taught that a 5/8 inch seam was the sewing standard. I felt that nothing made my garments more homemade looking than that wide seam. That insight was the beginning of my sewing rebellion. Now I feel that creativity is diminished by rules. Sometimes a 1/4 inch seam is good, sometimes not. Why would i want to be so restricted. Sewing is fun! Enjoy the process! If you get enjoyment from following rules, then do it. If not then that too can be a blast. Just enjoy the art and let it flow. That is how I find joy and contentment.

    —ruth anderson on July 3, 2012
  • I am mostly a quilter (at the moment) but I have a brand new little neice, so I can see some little frilly dresses comin up! I have done all kinds of sewing, from contact industrial sewing to dressmaking, to making barbie dresses for the girls. Not to mention that I have 2 industrial machines, and one every day machine, and about 8 antiques!

    —Carol J on July 3, 2012
  • Pretty basic skills. I can do a zipper well enough, but I’m terribly rusty. Most of my sewing tends to be repairs now. I need to get back in the swing of things and start making some garments from scratch.

    —Jusa on July 3, 2012
  • Zippers are scary to me. But I don’t avoid them. I recently turned one of my daughter’s too-small dresses into a skirt. It had a zipper, and I thought it would be soooo easy to just cut the zipper and stitch the ends over, and I wouldn’t have to replace it. But wouldn’t you know, I forgot to undo the zipper before I cut it, and I had to replace it. It actually turned out quite well, to my amazement! 🙂 Now if only my daughter would actually WEAR the skirt I spent a lot of time on! 🙁 haha

    —robin on July 3, 2012
  • Many years ago, we sewed everything; however, times have changed and I no longer sew clothing. But, I’ve made cute bags and totes sewing bright, colorful zippers in them. Would love to win the Easy Sewing & Embellishment book to learn how to perk up my projects.

    —Janet on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve been sewing since I was nine years old. My great-aunt, a professional seamstress, took me to my first fabric shop and helped me pick out a pattern, trim and fabric to make a dress for my Barbie doll. I fell in love with sewing there and then. I’ve always liked making things – that feeling of independence, that I can rely on myself. It came in handy when we lived in a remote valley 80 miles from the nearest bank, store, hospital, and pretty much anything else. I made my bread, baking mix, cleaning products, and lots of other things. And of course I sewed – baby and children’s clothes, upholstery, sports shirts, jeans, sports coats. I also took up knitting, crochet, needlepoint, and all types of embroidery. Apart from a baby quilt kit, though, I didn’t really get into quilting until I worked in a friend’s shop. Then the bug took hold. Now I have far too many projects in different stages. I love piecing quilts, choosing the fabrics and planning the colors – almost like puzzles. I love thinking about who will receive the quilt, whether it is a friend or family member or a charity quilt. I have fun hiding the latest acquisitions from my husband ("No More Projects!"). What I hate are all the things that keep me from my sewing machine.

    —Diane Mettam on July 3, 2012
  • I’ve been sewing since I was six years old. I spent ten years in 4-H, improving my skills and learning new tricks. Then in college I took a tailoring class. I am now learning how to quilt. Time spent at my sewing machine is relaxing and fun…you see…in my ‘real life,’ I’m a high school English teacher!

    —Stephanie Taylor on July 3, 2012
  • I have done basic clothing for my children. I have also made Halloween costumes for the whole family and even adapted patterns with my husband’s help to make the costumes the way I wanted. I have also done zippers when called for, but is a skill that I could still use work on. Thanks for including the sample from the book in the blog. It looks like this book could be a great resource.

    —Jamie on July 3, 2012
  • I have sewn clothing and other items. I’ve gathered, and done ruffles and things. I actually haven’t done zippers because a.) I haven’t needed to and b.) I’m slightly afraid of them haha!

    —Jennie P. on July 3, 2012
  • Zippers are still scary to me. This book would be very helpful.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

    —Deborah on July 3, 2012
  • Zippers are a challenge, and i love a challenge i quilt make clothes for my granddaughters and many other crafts, i once learned how to make a purse entirely out of zippers it unzips all the way. It is a fine conversation starter. Thanks for the chance to win

    —Sharon Meyer on July 3, 2012
  • My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 5 or 6. I was fascinated by her treadle machine (which I now have). I have been quilting since 1975. I’m heading for the 6-0 mark this year. I will try anything. I have done hand-picked zippers, mock handpicked. I walked into my 8th grade sewing class wearing a corduroy suit I had made during summer vacation. I made a lot of my clothes for years. Now, I concentrate on quilting, though I will make a quilted purse or bag on vacation.

    I do keep the basic technique books in my library. It’s always good to have a reference guide with you.

    —Paule-Marie on July 3, 2012
  • The only zipper that scares me is the fly zipper in slacks and jeans. I haven’t done one of those yet. Other than that, when I have taught sewing lessons, one of the first lessons is the small zipper bag. I want to get the hard/scary thing out of the way quickly to build their confidence.

    I did a picked zipper on my matron-of-honor dress for my sister’s wedding. That was interesting. The last zipper I did was just last week. I replaced the zipper in my friend’s down sleeping bag. It took four hours just to rip the whole thing out! That was after I figured out how the down feathers were going to stay in. That zipper took three trips around. The first, to install. The second to serge the edges. The last was the top stitching. I should have charged more for my time, but that’s hard to do with a friend.

    Someone else needs that free book more than I do. I don’t quilt very much at all. I’m a dressmaker. My daughter-in-law collects my scraps and does REAL scrap quilting! Now, she might enjoy that book!

    I enjoy reading everyone’s stories! Thank you for sharing!

    —Sheri on July 3, 2012
  • LOL, my mom taught me to sew in the late sixties! I picked up quilting in the bicentennial after the pole broke in my closet for the second time and my dad suggested I find something else to sew! (true story!) I also make costumes. Made then for the local youth ballet company, a musical workshop production of "Mulan" and now I am making costumes for my adult children and myself for Dragoncon this Labor Day weekend.

    Mary Ann Harpe on July 4, 2012
  • I always avoid zippers.

    —shay on July 4, 2012
  • I think I have steered away from anything having to do with zippers. This may just be what I need.

    —Diane on July 4, 2012
  • mostly 1/4″ but have bought accessories to learn new things

    —linda on July 4, 2012
  • This book looks wonderful! I’m making a dress this week for my granddaughter and have been dreading getting to the zipper. Even though I’ve been sewing garments off and on for over fifty years, I hate zippers and button holes. The tutorial is exactly the boost I need right now, and skimming through the other pages posted on your site it looks like the perfect guide to have by my sewing machine.

    —JanB on July 4, 2012
  • I learned quilting and that is my sewing experience. 1/4″ seams or applique. Thanks for the zipper lesson. I will attempt it now. Thank you also for the opportunity to win the book.

    —Beth Hammergren on July 4, 2012
  • Zippers haven’t ever bothered me too much – once I learned how to use a zipper foot. My only tough spot is top-stitching around the pull. Truth be told, I prefer invisible zippers. Easier to install, and prettier on the outside. Button holes give me more problems than zippers. Putting zippers in "things" other than garments can even be fun!

    —Jane on July 4, 2012
  • I’m not real comfortable sewing zippers, but buttonholes give me the biggest challenge. I have an attachment on my sewing machine, but I still get a little intimidated.

    —Phyllis on July 4, 2012
  • The zipper on my rather expensive winter coat of fur broke and I sent the coat to a trained seamstress to put a new in.
    When I got my coat again, sat zipper "and the meandering" – it is so ugly.
    There was everything to gain, so I picked the zipper and sewed it back – it was successful, his coat was rescued, and I have since changed even more zippers, but would like to learn how to do it "properly".
    Thanks for the cartoons – they were fine to learn from.

    —Inge Lise on July 4, 2012
  • I started as a garment sewer, then turned to quilting and now am into little kid’s clothing. So it’s been a long time since I’ve put in a zipper. I need to practice again soon so I don’t forget.

    —Ginger on July 4, 2012
  • I’m such a beginner. I’ve hand-sewn zippers, but haven’t been brave enough to machine-sew them.

    —Carmen on July 5, 2012
  • I am mostly a 1/4 inch seam person; although I have done plenty of basic clothes sewing, including putting in zippers. I would like to do more customizing of my clothes, especially custom fitting.

    —Elizabeth P. on July 5, 2012
  • I learned in Home Ec to sew zippers in by basting the seam closed and centering. I tried my first tutorial for a zip in a bag with the tabs on either end. Needed longer tabs I think, but overall that’s one I want to try again. (I just figured out how to move my needle position left or right in straight stitch. It’s a whole new world for top/edge stitching!!! 🙂

    Laurie in Maine on July 6, 2012
  • I always avoided zips but earlier in the year I gave one a go and put a zip into a sewing case. It wasn’t as hard as I thought.

    Christine M on July 6, 2012
  • I’m a quilter who would like to learn garment sewing. I am starting with zippers, practicing by making pillow covers, so this tutorial is well timed. The book looks like the perfect place to start learning all the necessary skills!

    —kay on July 6, 2012
  • With good instructions (written and with photos), anyone should be able to "put a zipper in."
    "The Sew Simple Guide…" looks to be a wonderful book that is just that!
    I have not sewn garments in many years and am mostly a quilter. However, with the new purse patterns and totes and home dec patterns, I am certain this new book would be a most welcomed addition to my library.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    Karen on July 6, 2012
  • believe it or not…I’ve never sewn a zipper…nope not one.

    Michelle @ rosebudquilting on July 6, 2012
  • Thanks for the great tutorial. Want to try in a change size purse. I have a good machine but have not yet tried the zipper option. It seems simple.

    Donna on July 6, 2012
  • great tute on putting in a zipper

    jodi on July 6, 2012
  • I’m strictly 1/4 but I hope to expand someday with more than my waistline!

    —Debra Lee on July 6, 2012
  • Great tutorial on sewing in a zipper. I think it will help me a lot.

    —Phyllis on July 6, 2012
  • I’ve been sewing for more years than I want to admit to but only came to the 1/4″ life about 10 years ago. Zippers aren’t one of my favorite things to deal with, but I can get them into the garment when needed. After learning to do heirloom sewing I know I can tackle just about anything. Since I’ve never done shirring in a project your new book would definitely come in handy.

    Cindy on July 6, 2012
  • Great instructions. Zippers seem tricky but they aren’t too bad.

    RustyAvenger on July 6, 2012
  • Your instructions are clear but your diagram might be confusing to beginners. The picture shows the zipper ending at the very top raw edge, even though your instructions say to end 1 inch away from the raw edge. This illustration leaves no room for the waist band or facing or whatever edges the top of the garment.

    Sheilah on July 6, 2012
  • I used to be a pro at zippers 45 years ago yet not now. This is a most helpful tutorial. Thank you – visiting from sewcalgal.

    —MarciaW on July 6, 2012
  • I do anything and everything: quilting, alterations, made from scratch, and work with any material I get my hands on.

    —Maria Kievit on July 6, 2012
  • Great Tutorial.I use to sew a lot of my own clothes but now any zippers I put in are in bags and this tutorial is a good refresher course.

    —Sandy Dagg on July 6, 2012
  • I love to sew anything and would love to win the book. I just bought a serger and will have lessons soon and hope to learn how to use it for zippers.

    —Dorothy Smietana on July 6, 2012
  • I’m mostly a quarter-incher. I bought my first sewing machine 15 years ago so I could learn to quilt. Sewing otherwise makes me shiver in fear, unless well guided by a friend or a helpful book! 🙂 I had a friend coach me through a pleated pillow, of which I’m quite proud. Not thinking of pleats again any time soon, though. I would love to be more comfortable with zippers so I could make bags/purses.

    —Teri on July 6, 2012
  • Zippers? Excuse me, I just broke into a cold sweat and need to step away, use a towel, and down a double martini.

    I only do seams, 1/4″, or less, when I’m forced to cheat. I would really like to make great looking pillows, but zippers are involved. Gulp! I want my Mommy!

    —Crazy Cuban on July 6, 2012
  • I’d say I’m an intermediate sewist. I can make clothing, quilts, and bags but prefer straight line sewing to anything too curvy. I have a lot to learn yet, particularly what all the settings are for on my machine, and all those presser feet! It’s kind of mind-numbing and I tend to stick with the simple settings but would love to know how far my machine can go.

    Janine on July 6, 2012
  • Still afraid of zippers….

    —LisaT on July 7, 2012
  • A long, long time ago, I used to sew most of my clothes. Now I’m a quilter trying to maintain that 1/4″ seam. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Joyce Mitchell on July 7, 2012
  • Wonderful information!

    Connie Campbell on July 7, 2012
  • Thanks for the zipper information.
    I’m here from SoCalGal and signed up through Google Reader to get this blog. I already have been getting your emails.

    —LJ on July 7, 2012
  • I am not a strict 1/4″-seam sewist, nor do i gather much anymore, I can pleat, and I think that has a more modern look to it for my cross stitch pillows, my aunt taught that to me. When I made my first Fabulous quilt for my new granddaughter, I decided to hand gather alot of ruffles…OMG, I didnt know what I got myself into, I took it to the quilt store and the ladys were in aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh,,,, amazed or thinking I was stupid! But the effect is gorgeous, after longarm quilting it. I had to rip out all along the sides and hand stitch the ruffles back in. The Longarm quilter should have told me more about the process before she worked on it. Now that I know better. But its over and my 2 yr old granddaughter LillyAnn, carries her Lilly and Will Moda quilt everywhere. The work is priceless and feels my heart with LOVE.

    shirley tener on July 7, 2012
  • I prefer 1/4″ seams and I’m comfortable with zippers. I’ve learned shortcuts for pleating, shirring, and ruffling so I’m okay with those as well. Of course, there’s still much more for me to learn and master, so this book would be a great help.

    —Evelyn on July 7, 2012
  • I can sew pretty much anything, but my skills can always use some refinement. I’d like to get more comfortable with designing and garment fitting.

    —Diann Cornell on July 8, 2012
  • Thanks for the great tute on the zipper. I love getting the posts by email and I’ve learned so much about sewing, knitting, etc. Stopped by to leave a message from SewCalGal

    —SewLindaAnn on July 8, 2012
  • Thanks for the giveaway at SewCalGal!

    Sallie on July 8, 2012
  • Thanks for a really comprehensive tutorial on zippers. I don’t mind doing zips but they never turn out as neat as I would like so I am bookmarking this post so that next time they look perfect.

    —Mhairi on July 8, 2012
  • What a great zipper tutorial!! Makes it sooo easy!!!

    Deb R on July 9, 2012
  • So far I am a quarter inch seamstress, but I want to be more….I just can’t seem to do anything well besides stitching in a straight line!

    kim on July 10, 2012

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