Zips can be tricky but don't avoid them. They're easy when you know how.
Perfect zips are tricky and sewing in a zip is a constant source of stress for some home dressmakers. Many people tell me that they avoid them entirely - even people who've been sewing for many years. I also struggled to perfect zips for many years; both standard skirt zips and concealed zips. But I can show you that they're not really that difficult when you know how.
Unless you only want to sew with stretchy fabrics and elastic waistlines, or only make T-shirts that you pull over the head, then you need to be able to sew in zips. But a wonky zip is a giveaway that a garment is homemade so ditch the wobbly stitching and learn the sure-fire way to insert standard skirt zips using the lapped method. We'll also include the dressmakers Mecca: concealed zips, also known as 'invisible zips'. So-called because when inserted in a seam, you can't see there's a zip there at all. It just looks like a beautifully-pressed seam.
Most skirt, dress or trouser patterns need a zip. Being able to put in a zip is a foundation sewing skill. Most skirt, dress or trouser patterns need a zip to be able to get the garment on and off. So take this quick little class and get a grip on those zips. No more lumps and bumps; just perfect zips every time.
Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who struggles with zips
What will I learn?
- How to sew in a zip using the lapped method
- How to insert a concealed zip
All materials and equipment is provided. If you'd prefer to bring your own sewing machine, then please remember the power cable/foot control, instruction manual and accessories. You will need a zip foot, and a concealed zip foot if you have one.
If your basic sewing skills are a bit rusty, why not try one of my Beginners courses or the Refresher Sewing Course?
I recommend Pembertons, the specialist sewing machine dealer for sewing machine accessories, servicing & general advice.