Sew a Lapped Zipper

Sewing a lapped zipper can give your garments a professional finish, especially in skirts, dresses, and pants. This guide will walk you through the steps to successfully install a lapped zipper.

Materials Needed

  • Fabric
  • Zipper
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot
  • Pins or clips
  • Seam ripper
  • Iron

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prepare the Fabric

  • Finish the raw edges of the fabric where the zipper will be inserted.
  • Mark the zipper placement with tailor’s chalk or a fabric pen.

2. Sew the Seam

  • Place the fabric pieces right sides together.
  • Sew the seam with a basting stitch up to the point where the zipper will start.
  • Switch to a regular stitch length and sew the rest of the seam.
  • Press the seam open.

3. Position the Zipper

  • With the fabric right side up, place the zipper face down along the seam allowance.
  • The zipper teeth should align with the seam line.
  • Pin or clip the zipper in place.

4. Baste the Zipper

  • Baste the zipper in place by hand or using a long machine stitch.
  • Check the alignment and adjust if necessary.

5. Sew the First Side

  • Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine.
  • Sew close to the zipper teeth on one side, starting from the bottom.

6. Sew the Lapped Side

  • Fold the fabric so that the zipper is covered by the overlapping fabric.
  • Pin the fold in place.
  • Sew close to the fold, creating the lapped effect.

7. Finish the Zipper

  • Remove the basting stitches with a seam ripper.
  • Press the zipper area to set the stitches.

Tips for Success

  • Use a zipper foot for better control and precision.
  • Ensure the zipper is the correct length for your project.
  • Practice on scrap fabric if you're new to sewing zippers.

Conclusion With these steps, you can confidently sew a lapped zipper, adding a neat and functional closure to your garments. Happy sewing!


Check the next videotutorial to see how to sew a lapped zipper:

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