The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Part Three on Sewing With Nancy

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Part Three on Sewing With Nancy

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How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

Sew it simple. Sew to have fun. How? It’s straightforward after you learn The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew! This time, learn how to insert an invisible zipper. To seamlessly—pun intended—insert an invisible zipper into the seam use this modified approach, attaching the facing before sewing the zipper. It’s a new approach and one of Nancy Zieman’s absolute easiest sewing tips.

How to Insert an Invisible Zipper

  • Stitch the shoulder seams of the top or dress.
  • Fuse interfacing to the front and back neckline facing fabrics.
  • Stitch the shoulder seams of the facing pieces.
  • Do not stitch the center back seam at this point.
  • Align the facing to the garment, right sides together, matching notches.
  • Stitch the facing to the neckline.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Grade the seam allowances, using a pinking blade with a rotary cutter for the fastest and easiest results.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Press the seam allowances toward the facing.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Understitch, stitching the seam allowances to the facing. Use a multizigzag.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Flatten out the zipper tape, pressing the teeth to the outside.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Place a piece of tape or a pin above the zipper stop on one side of the zipper.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Mark the 5/8″ seam allowances along both sides of the center back seam. Begin marking at the neckline seam, and continue marking the length of the zipper opening.
  • Align one side of the zipper tape to the corresponding side of the dress, meeting the zipper teeth to the 5/8″ marking and placing the zipper top slightly below the neckline seam.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Pin one side of the zipper to the fabric.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Attach the Invisible Zipper Foot. Starting at the neckline seam, position the presser foot on top of the zipper tape with the needle stitching along side of the zipper teeth.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • After stitching, close the zipper to check that the zipper stop is directly below the neckline seam.
  • Align the second half of the zipper at the top of the neckline, placing the remaining side of the zipper at the same distance from the top of the neckline.
  • Align the zipper teeth to the marking; pin. Then, stitch the zipper to the remaining side of the dress/top.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • After stitching, check to make certain the neckline edges align.
  • Fold the facing over the zipper tape; hand stitch.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Pin the lower portion of the seam from the hem to the end of the zipper.
  • Move the invisible zipper foot completely to the left of the needle. Stitch from the zipper stopping point to the hem.

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

  • Ta dah!

How to sew an invisible zipper by Nancy Zieman as seen on Sewing With Nancy

The Invisible Zipper technique, plus much more is printed in The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew.

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All of Nancy’s favorite sewing tips are in one book.

  • The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew chapters include:

    • Sewing Notions
    • Sewing Machine Confidence
    • Serger Spotlight
    • Patterns
    • Fabric Facts
    • Sewing Basics
    • Beyond the Basics

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31 Comments

  • Ann West
    October 10, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is using my serger – from getting it threaded properly to using the various feet that come with it.

  • Donna Fecteau
    October 10, 2019

    lately my biggest sewing challenge has been finding the time to go into my sewing room and sew!

  • Nancy Lewis
    October 10, 2019

    Buttonholes are my most challenging. I don’t have an auto buttonhole maker, and making them the right size is hard.

  • Sandra C
    October 10, 2019

    Would love this book! Nancy always has such good tips to make sewing more enjoyable. If I don’t win it I will be buying it.

  • Carolyn T
    October 10, 2019

    Right now, my challenge is selecting sewing projects for the fabrics, zippers and buttons I already own!

  • Julie Kill
    October 10, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is finishing projects! ( LOL) I get them to the point of quilting or hemming and then have trouble getting back to them to finish. My New Year’s resolution is to finish all UFOs before moving on to something else!

  • Juanita Mallory
    October 10, 2019

    Zippers are my nemesis so this is very helpful. Thank you for posting.

  • Anita P.
    October 10, 2019

    Zippers. GRRRRRRRRR……

  • Dixie
    October 10, 2019

    Zippers are a challenge for me.

  • Clovis
    October 10, 2019

    Nancy makes it looks so easy to sew on zippers. Mine doesn’t look like that. I need a lot of practice.

  • Julie McMullen
    October 10, 2019

    I actually have 2 equally frustrating challenges. They are Zippers and Piping. They never look as good as they should.

  • Cindy K
    October 10, 2019

    Zippers and buttonholes are my biggest challenge.

  • Mary
    October 10, 2019

    My most difficult sewing challenge is collars with collar bands. I like how they look vs. collars without bands but have a tough time getting them to look professional. Thanks to Nancy for all the wonderful information she shared over the years.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    October 10, 2019

    This minute is finding time to finish all my sewing projects. The biggest is putting gathers in for a dress by hand as my machine does NOT HAVE adjustable stitch length. Tips are always welcome.

  • Barb K
    October 10, 2019

    I think like a lot of people, zippers are my challenge!
    Thanks for a chance at the book–looks like it would be very helpful and would love to have it!

  • Debbie E.
    October 10, 2019

    A challenge has always been getting neckline facings to line up correctly in traditional zipper applications.
    Nancys directions for invisible zipper are the clearest and easiest to understand that I have seen.

  • Jan N.
    October 10, 2019

    My two biggest sewing challenges are buttonholes and sewing set-in sleeves.

  • Joyce
    October 10, 2019

    My most difficult challenge is sewing on bindings.

  • Bonnye
    October 10, 2019

    My greatest challenge is finding time to sew.

  • Glory Watkins
    October 10, 2019

    My challenge is having enough room to sew, I have all of my sewing stuff all over my house.

  • Kathy Buisker
    October 10, 2019

    I am a quilter more than garments (used to sew my own and my children’s clothes) and lately getting at UFO’s has been a challenge!

  • Noreen
    October 10, 2019

    Sewing buttonholes is a challenge for me. Sometimes they turn out well – and other times not.

  • Marilyn Dunstan
    October 10, 2019

    If Nancy’s book has an easy way to put in a zipper, I need it because the last time I put in a zipper it was a horrible mess. Still thanking Nancy and her team for all the great tips I have used through the years and the ones that are still continuing with the replays.

  • Rosie
    October 10, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is buttonholes and zippers.

  • Carole
    October 11, 2019

    My challenge is binding necklines – I’ve tried several ways and challenge is to get all binding at same finish width.

  • Joyce West
    October 11, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenge is zippers and buttonholes.

  • Teri
    October 11, 2019

    My biggest sewing challenges involve sewing cuffs on shirts.

  • Susan
    October 11, 2019

    Getting a nice crisp even casing for a zipper is my biggest challenge & this book would be ideal to improve my technique.

  • L Watson
    October 14, 2019

    This is probably not the answer you are looking for, but finding the time to see is a big challenge.

  • Joyce Hicks
    October 15, 2019

    My biggest challenge is sewing a perfectly straight seam. My seam ripper is my most used tool.

  • Lorraine Alves
    October 20, 2019

    Nancy’s instructions are always spot on. Thank you to Nancy for her dedication to the home sewer.

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