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Zip It! Two Great Tutorials and New Colorful Jeans Zippers by Coats

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There's one terror we hear about over and over at Sew4Home: the zipper. This handy little closure has the power to strike fear into even seasoned sewers. But its reputation as the bad boy of sewing is undeserved. If you take the time to learn the proper steps and a few tips and tricks, you'll be zippin' up projects left and right in no time. We have comprehensive standard and invisible zipper tutorials. And, today, we also have information about the latest addition to the Coats zipper selection -  beautiful, bright new colors of their Brass Jeans Zippers. 

We use zippers a lot at Sew4Home. They are both functional and super cool looking. The trend of using exposed zippers is one we love. And, when you have a zipper as stunning as the Coats Jeans Zipper, it's even more tempting to show it off. These zippers feature brass metal teeth on a 100% polyester tape. And because today's "blue jeans" are no longer just blue, Coats recently added a number of splashy new colors from tango orange to red rose to mimosa yellow. 


The locking, low profile slider is specially designed for fly front applications, but these same features also make the style a great choice for any number of projects. A colorful Coats Jeans Zipper would make a gorgeous exposed zipper accent on our recent Tim Holtz Fabric Wallet and/or Device Sleeve. They would also look great on our Mesh Sport Pouches where the bright zipper colors would be a perfect blend with the vibrant Dritz® elastics. 

Coats Jeans Zippers are available in 6", 7" and 9" lengths in 14 colors. Look for them at your favorite in-store or online retailer. 

Now that you know about these pretty, candy color zippers, make sure you know how to insert them. 

Conventional Zippers

In our tutorial on How To Install A Conventional Zipper, you'll learn about all the different zipper types. Haven't you always wanted to know the difference between "separating" and "reversible"? We also explain the anatomy of a zipper and the different available presser feet to use. And, of course, there are great step-by-step instructions for the basic center installation of a conventional zipper. 

Go to the conventional zipper tutorial.

Invisible Zippers

If you think zippers in general get a bad rap, you can't even imagine the ill will heaped on the poor invisible zipper. News flash: they are actually easier to install than conventional zippers? This zipper style is a favorite of ours for fancier decorative pillows where we want the closure to be as discreet as possible. With the exception of its slender zipper pull, you’d never even know it was there. Our Invisible Zipper Tutorial goes through, in detail, the special presser foot needed, the preparation of the fabric, how to position and secure prior to stitching, and more. 

Go to the invisible zipper tutorial

Read up and then zip up. You can then move on to conquering more important phobias, like Metrophoia (fear of poetry) and Alliumphobia (fear of garlic).


Comments (8)

VickieB said:
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Invisible zippers are my favorite to put it.  I just finished 29 spandex color guard uniforms with 22" zippers down the front.  I sewed in the first side with just a pin at the top.  When I did the second side, I used 1/4" Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 Fusible Tape.  I marked where the zipper ended (matching the crotch seam and marking with a pin on the unsewn side), laid down the fusible tape and pressed it before removing the paper backing.  This way I knew where the zipper needed to end.  I pinned it to the ironing board and making sure I had the right side of the zipper lined up, I stuck it to the tape and pressed it to hold in place.  This made the second side so easy to sew it with no pins needed!

wekebu said:
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@VickieB, please do a video.  I can almost follow this and it sounds so precise.

wendy kelly budd said:
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Careful with metal zippers.  I made a clutch with one and it scratched everything that went in and out of the clutch.

Linda A said:
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I agree with Wendy, they can scratch. They can rust, too.... my husband put a canvas tote in the crawl space of our basement and it didn't take very long. 

Melissa Gerber said:
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I used to have a zipper phobia, but no more! I hated the basting part -- the zipper tape always used slip and was crooked. Then I discovered my new best friend, the glue stick. I haven't tried installing an invisible zipper but it is no the list.

Jane Coombs said:
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Recently I saw a zipper with teeth that were rhinestone crystals! Makes me think that the zipper array available must be hot now. And why not!

Mary Malone said:
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Wow, zippers with rhinestones!  Gotta find them!  Who knew?


Lesley said:
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Just do a search for them - not cheap in the UK, but good prices in the US

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