Clean Finish For Zippers

Vogue 1101The first stage in my life of sewing, between the ages of 15 – 35, was all about FAST SEWING and trying out lots of new outfits that I wanted to wear as soon as possible.

My next phase of sewing, between ages of 35-45, I call my “SURVIVAL SEWING” period.  As the mother of 4 young children I sewed for sanity. Creating something at the machine during the kids naptime was the high point of my day; the sewing project secondary to my mental health.

My current phase seems to be ALL ABOUT FINISHES. I love to figure out how to clean-finish any and all details so they look as good on the inside as they do on the outside.

Recently I found a pair of ready-to-wear pants where the inside of the zipper was far superior to any I had seen. Instead of serger-finished fabric along the edges of the fly extension, each extension was clean finished with interfacing! You can duplicate this by:

  • Cutting strips of fusible interfacing, the shape of the extensions from the CF to the outside edge of the fly extension.
  • With RST first sew the interfacing to the zipper extensions along outside edge, sewing a 1/4″ seam.
  • Turn right side out and press well.
  • The outside edge will end up having a seamed finish and (at the same time) the fusible interfacing will be bonded permanently to the wrong side of the zipper extension.

Try this classy finish for the bottom of the zipper itself:

  • Cut out a 2-inch square from lightweight fabric, fold under 1/4″ under all edges and press.
  • Fold in half and press.
  • Slide end of zipper on to the wrong side of the fabric fold, then machine or hand sew fabric piece to the bottom of the zipper.
  • After zipper is inserted, anchor the bottom of the zipper by sewing the sides of the fabric squares to the extension.

You get a new, clean, crisp, and lovely couture house finish!