How to sew in a zip

Wednesday 10 October, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jen Skedd
Suitable for: All Levels

Price: £22

Sewing in a zip is a common source of stress for some home dressmakers. Many people tell me that they avoid them entirely – even people who’ve been sewing for many years. I also struggled to perfect zips for many years; both standard skirt zips and concealed zips. But I can show you that they’re not really that difficult when you know how.

Most skirt, dress or trouser patterns need a zip, to be able to get the garment on and off. Soo being able to put in a zip is a foundation sewing skill that once mastered, is a useful part of your repertoire. Unless you only want to sew with stretchy fabrics and elastic waistlines, or only make T-shirts that you pull over the head, then you need to be able to sew in zips. But a wonky zip is a giveaway that a garment is homemade. So ditch the wobbly stitching and learn the sure-fire way to insert standard skirt zips using the lapped method. We’ll also include the dressmakers Mecca: concealed zips, also known as ‘invisible zips’. So-called because when inserted in a seam, you can’t see there’s a zip there at all. It just looks like a beautifully-pressed seam.

Take this quick little class and get a grip on those zips. No more lumps and bumps; just perfect zips every time.

Who is this aimed at?
Anyone who has struggled to insert a zip. This session covers putting zips into either clothes or cushions, if you prefer to make soft furnishings.

All equipment and materials are provided. Or you can bring your own sewing machine if you prefer.


Studio 6.03A St Margaret's House,
Sixth Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road