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Mastering Zipper Techniques

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Mastering Zipper Techniques
Inserting zippers can be intimidating. Learn tips and tricks from Sunni Standing and Bernina to keep zippers from driving you zany.

Even experienced sewists know that zippers aren't always easy. Tackle them head-on with Sunni Standing and Bernina! Confidently insert slot seam, invisible and lapped zippers with ease. Learn all about the tools necessary for your project, such as zipper feet, stabilizers and fusible web tape. Apply these zippers to a variety of garments, including those with linings and facings. Zip it good!

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0:51

Lesson 1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class

  • Learn a little about how free Craftsy mini-classes work.

9:24

Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet Sunni Standing, a sewing teacher, blogger and fabric shop owner from Salt Lake City, Utah.

18:39

Lesson 3. Slot Seam Zipper Insertion

  • Start with the basic slot-seam zipper, perfect for garments like a skirt with waistband. Sunni shows you how to shorten the zipper to the perfect length and stabilize the opening.

12:49

Lesson 4. Invisible Zipper Insertion

  • Invisible zippers can be done beautifully with or without an invisible zipper foot. Sunni shows you how fusible stabilizers make all the difference.

35:04

Lesson 5. Zippers in Lined & Faced Garments

  • Make the inside of a lined garment look as neat and finished as the outside with Sunni's techniques. A few extra steps lead to great results with regular or invisible zippers.

14:11

Lesson 6. Lapped Zipper Insertion

  • Lapped zippers combine the best features of slot-seam and invisible methods, and give an elegant look to the side seam of dresses.

"My relationship to zippers prior to this course was not a good one--I had to unpick them and attempt at least 3 times before I came out with a passable result, but not this time! I set up the video next to the machine, followed the steps, and voila, perfect lapped zip on the first try! I wasn't sure about the stabilizer, but it made everything so much easier. Sunni is clear with a soothing voice, and she explained everything so well with good visuals."
- kk

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