How To Sew a Centered Zipper Tutorial

How to Sew a Centered Zipper with a Sewing Machine

An invisible zipper used most for women's clothing (skirts, dresses, pants etc.) than the centered zippers. Nevertheless, there are cases when it is necessary to use a centered zipper.
In this tutorial you learn how to install a centered zipper with a sewing machine using a special zipper foot.

The inserting a centered zipper we will start with preparation

The inserting a centered zipper we will start with preparation a test fabric, presser foot and one side adhesive tape.

Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the zipper area

Now I marked the wrong side a fabric with chalk.
Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the zipper area. Iron on this adhesive tape for fabric along two edges (on wrong side).

Using zigzag stitch to neaten edges a fabric

Using the serger or zigzag stitch on your sewing machine you need to neaten these edges of your garment including the interfacing.

Mark a place where is the beginning of zipper

Before the stitching you need mark a place where is the beginning of zipper.
During sewing these both parts you need stop here and fix this seam with reverse lever.

Select largest value a stitch length

Select largest value a stitch length and continue to sew without fastening a seam at the end.

Press the seam open on wrong side a fabric

Press the seam open on wrong side a fabric.

The presser foot for centered zipper

Take a presser foot for sewing a centered zipper and attach it to sewing machine.

Central line a zipper should be go along the seam line

Now is the important point. In this place is the end stitching a fabric with back (lock) stitches. At the same time from this point we will start sew a zipper.
Note: This central line a zipper should be going along the seam line.

Place zipper along the marked area on wrong side and using a hand sewing needle and contrast thread, baste the zipper in place.

Three stitch lines where will be sewn both tapes a zipper

Now turn our test fabric on right side and draw three stitch lines. They are lines where will be sewn both tapes a zipper.

The two parallel lines from central seam line

The two parallel lines will be 1/4" away from central seam line. The third line will be go at the zipper stop mark area.

Cut the basting threads on some segments

When you will start to delete basting threads I recommend you cut them on some segments. This trick help you easy pull them out of the seams.

How to trim and pull seam from top to the end of zipper

After that installation a centered zipper is over but you need to do one last work. You need to trim and pull this seam from top to the end of zipper.

The sewing seam ripper

You can do this in two ways: using an awl and sewing seam ripper.
After reaching the mark where you done a few back stitches, stop trimming a seam.

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