Added Oct 1, 2012
Without a doubt, invisible zippers give a much cleaner and more professional finish to garments - particularly for side and back openings on all types of garments. Because they are a very different application to your standard zipper, they may take a while to master. But with the right machine foot and a little practice, it's really quite simple. After changing over to my Bernina sewing machine, my other favourite machine foot is Foot #35!
There are many helpful online tutorials that show you how to insert an invisible zipper, but here's a tutorial written to explain invisible zipper insertion on a curved hip. This post is timed to coincide with the release of our next pattern, The Chloe Pant (due out next week), which has a side zipper opening.
With all sewing techniques, the more you practise and trial techniques the better your sewing skills become. I've learnt a new* method for inserting invisible zippers that has worked consistently well for me, so I thought I'd share it with you.
Note: For the purpose of instruction, contrast stitching, zipper and vilene have been used. Of course, it looks even better in matching thread and notions!
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