I love this video tutorial. Learning how to sew an invisible zipper with a lining is a skill anyone who sews garments needs to learn. It looks a lot more difficult than it is!
Garments with an invisible zipper will always get you lots of compliments! Invisible zippers really impress people even though it’s really not hard once you learn.
What is an invisible zipper?
An invisible zipper is different than a “regular” zipper or exposed zipper. When sewn properly, an invisible zipper is not visible on the outside of a garment, except for the zipper pull.
As you can see from this image, the zipper teeth don’t show on an invisible zipper.
Need to sew a regular zipper? Try this tutorial.
When you sew an invisible zipper into a garment it should look very professional when complete. An invisible zipper gives it a polished feel.
This is an excellent example from Girl Inspired. Her invisible zipper finishes this little dress well.
Can you sew an invisible zipper without a lining?
Yes, absolutely! You can sew an invisible zipper without a lining. If your garment isn’t lined it can still have an invisible zipper.
Just follow these instructions, sans sewing to the lining. You’ll be able to see the zipper on the inside of the project but for many things that doesn’t matter.
Where can you use invisible zippers?
Dresses are the most common place to find an invisible zipper. A side zip under the arm or a zipper down the back are usually invisible zippers.
Pencil skirts usually use invisible zippers. As I’ve mentioned, an invisible zipper gives the garment a more professional look so a pencil skirt is the perfect place to put one.
Invisible zippers in a decorative pillow give a nice finished appearance. If you don’t want to make an envelope pillowcase for your pillow form then an invisible zipper is the best option.
Also consider using an invisible zipper in a zipper pouch. I would especially use one if you’re using nicer fabric or using it as a handbag.
Supplies needed to sew an invisible zipper
When learning how to sew an invisible zipper with a lining you’ll need a couple supplies. It doesn’t take much to sew in the zipper.
- garment or project needing an invisible zipper
- invisible zipper
- invisible zipper foot for your sewing machine
- standard zipper foot
- sewing machine
Tips before you start
Always press your zipper teeth away from the tape (the fabric part of the zipper). This will help make a straighter stitch close to the teeth. Set your iron to low heat to prevent melting.
Use a backstitch when starting and stopping your sewing. You want your zipper extra secure so it doesn’t pull out with use.
Press the fabric back with your iron after your stitch. Ironing a project when finished makes a big difference.
Video Tutorial: How to sew an invisible zipper with a lining
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner