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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Thursday, July 5, 2018

How to set in a zipper by hand

How was the weather where you were today?

Here it was hot from early morning, unusual in Nova Scotia where, being on the ocean, even our summer days are framed by cool air.

The kids and I had fun but by the end of it they were getting a bit ragged with the 3 year old trying to assert his position as boss of the world (a position I have more or less wrapped up) and his sisters doing various renditions of not being impressed by that.

So after a long hot day it seemed the best thing for me to do was to post one of my highly professional Youtube videos on how to sew in a zipper by hand.

This really is the easiest and most relaxing way to put in a zipper, sort of the sewing equivalent of sending your husband out to pick up a roast chicken and sides in the getting supper on the table department, something I have just done.

So here's to doing it the easy way:


Nursebennett said...

Thank you for this, Barbara! It’s the only zipper insertion I’ve never done, because I felt it would be too hard. I’ve generally preferred lap insertion, centered insertion and invisible zip as a last resort, as I find them confusing and prone to failure. I’m going to give a hand picked on a try!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful!! So simple - who knew? I am definitely going to do this from now on. I really appreciate these tips and I am really enjoying your book!!
Ellie in Colorado

Unknown said...

I too am that person who avoids zippers so thank you! One question. If a pattern calls for an invisible zipper can I do this instead with a regular zipper?

Unknown said...

Thank you for the easiest zipper insertion I have ever seen. Zippers do pose a problem in alot of cases and this will sove the problem. Now all I have to do is work on my hand sewing skills!

Sydney Brown said...

I love this! Thank you!

Catherine Smith said...

Very informative! I too have been fearful of zipper insertion using this method and resort to the “norms”.....many times with a lot of picking out and resewing. Definitely will be trying this on my next project. Thank you.

Barbara said...

Lois definitely you can sub this in anytime for a regular zipper, invisible for sure.

Unknown said...

With regards to your last comment, do you mean you can install an invisible zipper this way? (Of course, it wouldn't be totally invisible anymore). Or do you mean if the pattern calls for an invisible zipper you can substitute a regular zipper and install it by hand?