Let me preface this by saying that I'm not at all a big fan of invisible zippers. Not. One. Bit. They are not my favorite type of zipper, and quite frankly I don't use them much. I took a chance this last time on my Danger! Curves Aheah Pencil Skirt and surprise, surprise it worked like magic. That said, I've got ALOT of tips for these babies, because in my opinion, invisible zippers are a rather weak fastening. Weak in that, they seem to rip apart the easiest, get caught on fabric, thread, you name it the easiest and warp the easiest. OK, ready? Let's get into it.

Technique Materials

You will need the following:
* a zipper opening (obviously something to put the zipper in, you know, like a skirt)
* an invisible zipper
* organza, tricot or interfacing; this is the stabilizer
* a marking pen or chalk
* a zipper foot
* an invisible zipper foot - optional. I have inserted a zipper using this method with a conventional zipper foot, so if you don't have one of these, don't worry, you'll be fine.
* hook and eye

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    Dec 8, 2010, 10.57 PMby Melissa Cammisuli

    I was wondering if you could help. I am a self-taught sewer/designer and am quite out of practice as of late. I have always had an issue with zippers but have always found a way to make them work and look properly done. I have been working on this dress for a while and am doing the zipper right now. Unlike what you suggest, doing the zipper as early as possible, I am finished the dress except for the zipper. The dress, and lining, are 100% silk and, as you may know, the fabric is quite fragile and sensitive. I have taken the zipper out a couple of times and can’t seem to get it to stop buckling (if that is a word!). I don’t think the zipper is of a great quality and I do have a zipper foot, though not an invisible zipper foot. Please help.

    Thanks, Melissa

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    Sep 5, 2010, 03.55 PMby jenss-1

    Some of the problems that you mentioned with invisible zippers (weakness) can be avoided by buying a high quality zipper. Different people have their favorites, but I prefer YKK. They may be hard to find in regular fabric stores, but can be bought online or in NYC. YKK also makes an invisible zipper foot specifically for their zippers, online about $3-$5. (I believe C&C makes their own too). Some machines may need an adapter to use the foot, like my 20 yr old Bernina. Just be aware of this – I have noticed what appears to be seconds or counterfeits sold as brand name zippers – so, try out the zipper for smoothness & sturdiness beforehand if you can. Anyway, the point is, you don’t want to have to replace a zipper, especially an invisible one, so this is a good place to choose your supplies based on quality – regardless of whatever brand you choose.

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    Sep 5, 2010, 02.55 PMby claralara

    oh my god this is the best method i have used it works so well thank you so much!!!!!!!

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