Index Card Tutorial - Centered Zipper

Over the next few months, Index Card Tutorials will explore zippers! First up is the classic centered zipper - a standard for just about any project and perfect for your dresses and bags!

MADE Tutorial - Centered Zipper

Step 1: Place the zipper in position on the garment and mark the fabric at the bottom of the zipper at the metal stopper. Next, machine baste the zipper opening closed using a long stitch length, sew a backstitch at your mark, and continue sewing down the seam with a regular stitch length. This will leave you with a sewn seam and a basted seam at just the zipper opening.
Step 2: Press the seam open. Lay the zipper in position over the basted seam so that the zipper teeth lie on top of the seam. Baste the zipper in place with pins, by stitching, using a fusible tape like Steam-A-Seam 2, or with a wash-away basting tape such as Wonder Tape.
Step 3: With the zipper basted in place, turn the fabric over to the right side. Then, starting at the top of the zipper and using a zipper foot, sew down one side of the zipper, turn and sew across the bottom of the zipper, and sew up the other side of the zipper. You can backstitch a few times across the bottom for added strength. Your final stitch lines should be about 1/4" from the basted seam. 
Step 4: Carefully rip open the basted seam using a seam ripper to reveal your zipper underneath!
Meg is nonprofit nerd who sews and knits on the nights and weekends because, as she likes to say, you can't wear a thesis! Along the way she's knit scarves in the Andes and sewed up dresses in Mexico City. She currently resides near San Francisco, CA, and you can find her at

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