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Prepare to Install an Invisible Zipper
A photo showing how to press the zipper tape flat to sew in an invisible zipper.

Press the Zipper Tape Flat

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An invisible zipper is a zipper that is hidden within a seam. The only part of the zipper that is seen is a slender zipper pull. An invisible zipper is not sewn in the same manner that regular zippers are sewn in. With an invisible zipper there is no worry about straight top stitching on the finished zipper.
  • An invisible zipper that is a close match to the fabric you are using.
  • An iron and ironing board
  • The item the zipper will be sewn into without the seam being sewn.
  • An Invisible (or Concealed) Zipper Foot for your sewing machine
Read the instructions that accompany your invisible zipper and zipper foot.

Prepare the Zipper

  • You first step is to open the zipper.
  • Thoroughly press the zipper tape by laying the open zipper, with the zipper pull side down on the ironing board.
  • Use the point of the zipper to get under the coils and iron the zipper tape flat.
  • If needed -- Press the fabric where the zipper will be sewn in to the seam.

Step 2 - Prepare to Sew the First Side of the Zipper

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