The other day I realized a Duuuuuh sort of way to do this better. Here's a tutorial on how I am now putting in all my invisible zippers!
I also should point out that I do not have a zipper foot. Or an invisible zipper foot. This is stupid; I know, I should just buy one! But I've been putting in zippers with my regular long metal foot for a while now, just carefully. In the pics below you'll see my regular foot. It's not a problem for me and I think it works just fine, but if you have an invisible zipper foot, I bet it'd be easier.
- Start with your invisible zipper.
- Press the coils flat so the top looks like a regular zipper and the underside is flat.
- Prep your garment to go right-sides-together with the zipper.
- I like to tuck the top of my zipper tape under so I don't have to put a hook and eye on when I'm done. If you're not as lazy as I am, ignore this part and just sew your zipper on matching top of zipper to top of garment.
- Zip the zipper up after doing this first side. It should look like this when you fold it back.
- Turn the garment inside out and match up your top and waist. Pin.
- With your zipper flopped into its final position and zipped closed (almost undoing your flat pressing), sew the zipper into position without worrying about getting close to the teeth. Use a really big stitch, since this will never be under any strain.
- Here's what it'll look like. Now, unzip the zipper and flatten the second side, and sew another row in the usual place, in between the teeth and the tape.
- Done! Now press...
Recognize the fabric from yesterday? Here's what this is a part of!
Click here to read how I made this dress out of a pair of vintage pants!!!