Whilst inserting my zip today into my Dahlia dress I decided to take some photos of how I match everything up when inserting zips, as it can make or break a garment.
This is just how I do it. There might be an easier way out there, but after making 5 Yasmin Yoke Skirts I feel practiced and competent enough to share my way with you.
Firstly, buy a decent zip! I learnt the hard way today:
This post will not show you how any special tricks to inserting a concealed zip, there’s loads of fab tutorials out there and even a free craftsy class (I always refer back to this if I’ve not inserted one in a while).
Insert one side of the zip.
Zip up the zipper and mark the important seams that need to match:
Unzip and place where it needs to be. Pin if you like but it doesn’t make it any more accurate!
Stitch in place – long basting stitches just near the seams that need to match:
Now, zip it up and see how it’s matched up:
Nearly but not quite! Lets pull out those basting stitches and give it another go!
Now work from the middle of area you just basted in each direction – i.e. inserting the zip in 2 goes. (hope that makes sense!).
Just to mention, I don’t bother with a concealed zipper foot. I use a regular one and my finger! If you’ve pressed your zipper – uncoiling the teeth – it’s easy enough!
If I’m teaching anyone bad habits, I’m sorry! I’m not a teacher, and I’ve learnt what I know from trial and error, and probably YOU and your blog!