How To Sew In A Zipper By Hand

Are you looking at how to sew in a zipper by hand?

I always struggled to put in zips using a sewing machine and would often avoid using them for this problem. There is no reason that you can’t include zippers in your projects so learning how to sew in a zipper by hand can really help you progress.

Tools & Equipment

  • Zip
  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors

How To Sew In A Zipper By Hand

Working with zippers can be hard and tricky but it doesn’t have to be. Plan ahead, measure and take your time for best results.

Each time it may differ depending on whether you are sewing a zipper for a garment or for something like a bag.

Step One

You want to create a neat edge with your fabric so you don’t have raw edges on show.

Take to your ironing board and fold down 1/4 inch fold and press into place.

If you are working with a garment your seam allowance will work as your fold. You don’t have to press with the iron.

Step Two

Place the neat fabric edge along the zip strip and pin it into place.

Be careful not to place it too near the zip as this can cause it to catch and cause fraying.

Tip: Don’t worry about raw edges and the ends as these are neatened off when sewing the project together or adding a cover on either end.

Step Three

Slip stitch the fabric into place on the zip.

Tip: You can make your thread tougher and more durable using a wax wheel. Run your thread through the wax and it will make it stronger.

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You can add an additional line of stitching underneath to help give the zip stability and extra strength.

I decided to place my stitches roughly 1cm apart to keep it neat and stable.

Tip: Use bondaweb to cement the zip and fabric pieces together.

You can buy hemming tape for trousers which is thin and easy to use.

That is how to sew in a zipper by hand, I hope you have found this helpful and useful. If you have any questions or tips let me know in the comments below.

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