Monday, 20 May 2024

Sewing an Exposed Zipper – How Do You Sew One

Exposed zippers, such as jacket zippers, are the best way for you to show off the highest quality of zippers with unique and exceptional details.

As far as the process of installation of an exposed zipper is concerned, you can pretty much forget about all those rules that you know about zipper-insertion. What you need to do is turn the allowances for the seam to the right side then topstitch the zipper over these to hide the edges of the fabric, and allow the zipper tape to show up on the outer side of the garment. You can also choose a contrasting or matching zipper to create a style that will stand out even more.

After buying the jacket zipper that you need from, below are the steps you need to take to sew it.

1. Prior to sewing the seam, start with stabilizing and staystitching. To do this, use an interfacing strip with a width of 1 inch to the right portion of the two zipper seam allowances. Next, you should staystitch 3⁄4 inch from the tip on the interfaced section. You should pivot at the part where the zipper will end then sew the edge off. Position together the right sides of the two layers then use a 5⁄8-inch seam allowance for sewing the seam under the opening of the zipper.

2. Clip then press open the seam. You can now diagonally clip to the seam allowances at the base of the zipper. Press the triangles that are formed at the base of the zipper to the wrong side below the seam allowance. Press open the seam allowance under the zipper. Turn to the right the zipper seam allowance along the staystitching then press.

3. Baste the zipper into the garment. Place the zipper on the right side on top of the garment seam to ensure that the teeth are not covered on the wrong side by any fabric. Baste the zipper tape into the seam allowances near the teeth then turn below the zipper’s bottom raw edges.

4. The zipper can now be sewn to the seam allowance. You can load your sewing machine with the zipper foot then sew the zipper tape into the seam allowance as basted near the zipper teeth.

5. Trim the seam allowance away. Cut the seam allowance away that goes beyond the zipper tape. Just be careful to ensure that you don’t end up cutting the garment.

6. You can now finish sewing the zipper. With the use of the zipper foot, you should edgestitch the zipper right in place from the top down to the bottom along both sides. Sew across the base of the zipper to keep it secure. 

There are now a lot of jacket options available in the market and each one of them features unique zippers. Exposed zippers are commonly seen in jackets. If the zipper in your favorite jacket has been broken, don’t give up hope just yet because you can always follow the tips above to sew the replacement jacket zipper.