Friday, September 19, 2014

Tutorial: how to instal metal zipper

Often time, I get emails and comments on how I instal metal zipper? It is fairly simple and just take extra step to start. Once sewn a few metal zippers. You will have gain lots confident and will go quickLY in the process! I'd loved to share how I instal metal zipper. 

 - Prepare the exterior and interior pieces for the pouch and also the metal zipper.

 - You will need a zipper foot. Most of the sewing machine comes with a zipper foot.

-  The zipper that I prepared is 8" long, but it comes another half inch on both ends of the zipper, so that makes the zipper actually 9" long.

-  For both exterior and interior pieces measurement. I always plan on the 9" long that matches the length of the zipper.

 - Baste the zipper with 1/8" seam on the edge of the zipper and exterior pieces { This is personal preference}. Repeat for the opposite side of zipper side.
- If you are more experiences with instal zipper. This step can be eliminate.

 - Attach the zipper to the exterior pieces.
- Repeat for the lining pieces to the zipper .

-Press zipper seams; front {Exterior pieces} and back{ interior pieces}.

 - Top stitch 1/8" seam away from the zipper seam. It secures the zipper in place and pouch-to-be.
 - Enlarge the sewing stitch length.

- Check on the top-stitches you made. 

-Now, try to unzip the zipper. 
-Check it pull up and down smoothly. 

-Place the exterior and interior pieces RIGHT side together. 

- Line the edges of zipper ends FIRST then pin together. Repeat for the other zipper end. 

-Pin around the RIGHT side facing exterior and interior pieces together.
-Change sewing foot to regular sewing foot and set the 1/4" seam allowance. Start sewing from lining side. Leave a 3" opening on the lining side un-sew. This is the space where you will pull the pieces inside out.
-Sew around the preimeter of the pouch.

 -Clip four corners of the pouch corners then pull the pieces out from the 3" un-sew space in the lining side.

 -Finish the un-sew 3" opening with ladder stitch or machine sewing.

 After finished the zippered pouch, smooth out the zipper ends with a few pull and adjustments to make sure it close nicely.

This 8"x5" Patchwork style zippered pouch has added to my {Etsy Shop} . {SOLD}



  1. Thanks so much. I always struggle with this.

  2. aaw.. what a cute patchwork ... thank you for the tutorial, :) Have a wonderful weekend, you two..

  3. Thank you, Chase! Great tutorial - I love the look of metal zippers but have been a little afraid to use them. Now, I'll give it a try!

  4. Thank you for the lovely tutorial, Chase! You gave some tips that I didn't know about before. The pouch is beautiful!

  5. Thank you sooo much Chase!! I was so excited to see that you had done this since I had just asked about it. I really appreciate the time you put into making this for us!!

  6. Great tutorial! I need to find my zipper foot asap!

  7. Where do you get your cute zippers?

  8. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! It seems like something even a beginner could try (aka me!). I looks like I have a fun project for my next day off.


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