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Tutorial: Centered zippers by taeliac Tutorial: Centered zippers by taeliac
Oh yeah. Startin' off the new year with tutorial submissions!

Well, I had my camera downstairs in my sewing room with me while I was working on my latest, spontaneous Wai-Loli outfit, and I figured, what the hell. More pictures are good by me. I was working on putting a zipper into the pleated skirt, and figured that this was something I've struggled with for longer than you can imagine, until just recently.

I must emphasize, this is just following the instructions that are on the little inset thinger that comes with zippers - that sheet that I used to just throw away! *sigh* I just wanted to do a photo, "step-by-step" in the hopes that it doesn't seem so frightening to do. This is the most basic form of putting in a zipper, and shows the topstitching.

I'll try to do the other types eventually, too. Like, whenever I wind up putting one in next.

And I'm so sorry - it seems like I am always working on red projects when I decide to take pictures for a tutorial - I hope this one is pretty easy to see, though!

The teacup font was made by ~coconut-lane and can be found here [link]

2008 Sam Lemieux/Taeliac Studio Cosplay/`taeliac [link]
Please do not redistribute, reprint or modify this at all without my permission. Don't steal!
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Neko-san1234 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I used your tutorial to install my first ever zipper, and it came out looking great! Thank you! 
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Woo!!! I'm so happy to hear it!!! :heart:
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Derpstra Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love you forever.
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mei96 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist
so do you put bias tape in after the zipper goes in? and how does that work?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, if you're using bias for the waistband or the like, you would usually do that after you put the zipper in - if you're too afraid of sewing over the zipper, putting the bias on by hand is the best option - just hand sew it in place and tuck in the raw edge, if that makes sense :3
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MrsVanguard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh thank you so much for having this
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, no problem at all!! I'm going to do one for other types of zippers, too, because sometimes they're just a pain to remember how to do and I need to reference back at them :giggle:
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sandvich24 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial! I needed this to remind myself how to do them *v*
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HabaHaba89 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I made a 50s dress for my friend and this would have helped a lot to make the zipper look more better placed D:
But next time I WILL remember this. And make all zippers look nice and well-placed :D
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benihimecosplay Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i'm just adding stuff on my new account. i love your tutorials though :)
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Why is it that every time I need a tutorial, I find one of yours? :giggle: You're so fantastic!
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TheJuggernaut1999 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
thank you! I've been looking for a tutorial for some time.
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LovelyAkuma Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just sewed an invisible zipper by hand on a velvet skirt I just made..
It was my first piece of clothing!!

And I don't think it came out that badly. But it was a pain to get the zipper lined up with the opening..

I was trying to follow your tutorial, but since I don't have a sewing machine, I just improvised! hehe

My hand stiching isn't perfect.. (quite the contrary actually) but since it doesn't show... I guess the important thing is that it holds the piece together! :D :D :D
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xPandorae Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot! I will definitely try this!
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menne Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
After the dozen or so tutorials I had seen and watched before, yours was the one that made sense to me. You eased the frustration on the costume I was working on because I could not progress until the zipper had been sewn in. After your tutorial, it took only several minutes to get it done and correctly. You are my new favorite person!
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StudioDisarray Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student General Artist
I hate zippers.
Will try this though. Thanks for sharing. :)
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this-is-madness Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
oh gawd, thank you so much. I've had an incompleted dress that I just can't seem to get the zipper right on. I hope I can get it right! *wonders where the iron is*
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FruLulu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This'll help me with my zipper sewing a bit more, Thanks a bunch~! > w < :heart:
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usagi23 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
good tutorial ^^
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horsegirl2000148 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial! This helped me put in my first zipper on the back of my Princess Zelda dress. ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hooray!! I'm so happy to hear that!! :glomp: And, that is an awesome costume - I applaud you for even taking a shot at it :glomp: Have you uploaded any pictures of it yet? :love:
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horsegirl2000148 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's a better picture (it's updated, anyway): [link]
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horsegirl2000148 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, thank you! :giggle:

Actually, I have! I only have one full-body picture, though, and it's not up to date. :hmm: Here it is, anyway: [link]
I have more pictures of my armor and my sword in my gallery! :D I'll try to get a picture in "full costume" soon. Maybe even tonight! XD
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midgarangel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMGGGGGG HOW DID I MISS THIS TUTORIAL BEFORE?! <3 Apparently I've been putting zippers in all wrong for 2 years, haha!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Naw! You're probably doing it just fine, this is just one of the easier ways to do it - there are a billion different ways to put them in (we had four different instructors who taught our studio/productions class in college, and each one told us a different way to do lapped zippers, welted pockets, and regular zippers... so there are like a billion different ways to do everything - this is just the easiest for me ;P)
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midgarangel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually tried this method when installing the zipper on my friends Selphie dress - and OMG WOW! It came out soooo much better than any I've done before. :hug: Usually they come out uneven but this time it was perfect!! Thank you!! <3
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BloodyKisses56 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Thank you!
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kaatek Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
your tutorial saves my life xD day after tomorrow ,I'm cosplaying Tinkerbell but I had some problems with zip ^^'
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh! Hooray!! I'm happy to be of help, and sorry for the late reply - how did it go? :glomp:
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kaatek Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
you can check result hear [link] ^3^
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AngieRikku Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I've used this tutorial twice now. Once for my new Rikku top and now for my new denim Rikku shorts! =D Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!
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inkillusion Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
You are so many times my hero! I decided, on a whim, to make an actual circle skirt out of fabric instead of plastic, to wear about in life, and I've used your circle skirt tutorial (awesome, of course) and then I decided instead of doing it the way i did for another outfit, I'd try your centred method...

It worked perfectly. Thank you.

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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
"scream a little into a pillow"

No truer words spoken, my friend. I hate zippers so much. Even more than sleeves...
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hear you on that one. Sleeves have been my pain for the past couple of days - screw one thing up, and that's that :faint: I just ripped them out and I'm redoing them, it just seems easier :|

But, yes! Zippers = evil.

Invisible zippers, though, if you have the right foot for it, are a lot easier - I prefer them so much, they're just easier to whip in~
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NocturneAi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
very helpful :]

do you think this method would work with hand sewing?
XD I'm to poor to get a sewing machine lol
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It most definitely would work with hand sewing, you're just going to want to be sure that you use little stitches, and back stitch every few stitches, too, because the zipper is going to be taking a bit of a strain, to keep it from pulling out or something like that :D
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Nerd-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist
So, to clarify, did you put in an invisible zipper with a normal zipper foot?
I've put in an invisible zipper once for textiles class at school, but we had invisible zipper foots. But I'm done with that class now and my machine at home doesn't have an invisible zipper foot, only a normal one, so I was wondering if it was still possible or if I was SOL until I bought one.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
No, invisible zippers are very different - you need the special foot (okay, if you're really careful, you can put them in with a regular zipper foot, but I only did it successfully once ;P) These are just regular zippers ;P

As bad as it sounds, if you only have the invisible zipper, you can put it in by hand ~ follow the same instructions that came with the zipper, and hand sew it in :D
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Nerd-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist
Sigh, lucky for me then. ^^;
And I have put in part of an invisible zipper by hand, it was not fun. =(

But thanks anyway =D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh noes! I've had to do that before :hug: Not fun!
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Nerd-bunny Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist
Fortunately, I think I'm in luck and my mom's friend has one she'll lend me. =)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:highfive: That would be awesome, then!!
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Nerd-bunny Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist
Success! I have invisible zipper foot and she's letting me keep it because she already has 2. =D Score!
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MandaPandaPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks so much easier then what I've done in the past. I like your way of doing it.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you :D I've found out, everyone kind of develops their best way to work putting in zippers, so it's a lot of trial and practice to find out what works best for you :D
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MandaPandaPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's for sure!
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SelfSovereign Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008   General Artist
Ah! Your tutorials help the crap out of my confused mind! Even with sewing books, this zipper business still leaves me scratching my head going "o__O".

That bias tape one is absolutely fantastic, too! I'm so glad I remembered to look it up again; this Anthy Himemiya vest is seriously kicking my @$$. The last time I looked over your bias tape tutorial (probably a year ago or so now) I was so confused, I had no idea what bias tape even was or that it existed until I searched your tutorials.

Any more you make, I'm sure, would be beyond helpful to anyone just getting their hands wet in the sewing community!

I'll definitely post pictures of my vest once it's completed (which is happening rather slowly ;-; ) and tell people about your tutorials, and so you can see how much you've helped the process. :3
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Well, I'm very happy to hear that they're helpful! Anything from Utena is a challenge, that's for sure :hug: I wish you the best working on it!! :love: And, I definitely want to see a link to the pictures when it's done, too :glomp:

I will definitely try for some easier tutorials, too, of anything that may be helpful to people :love:
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SelfSovereign Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009   General Artist
I just came up with a possibility for a tutorial: Creating a full princess gown skirt with fabric that isn't quite wide enough to use the half-circle technique with. (*coff* This is my conundrum at the moment! *coff*)
Even just a link somewhere or a suggestion or even a quick two sentence explanation would make my day. I'm having such a terrible time trying to find something that explains it in SOME way. ><

Oh! By the way, I thought you might like to see what your Bias Tape tutorial has done for me. (It's done wonders, I assure you. I skipped right on past that top-stitching phase for bias tape and did it the right way the first try! Thanks so much! ^ ^)
--> [link] <--
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taeliac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, well, if that is your issue, you can make multiple gores - make them as full as you can, but not full half or quarter circles, and just add more... hrm... okay, so it's harder to explain than I thought - I'll add it to the list :D

There are quite a few good patterns for full skirts, though, and I think patterns are on sale at JoAnns right now :D

And, thank you so much for the link! It looks wonderful so far - so crisp, that is for sure! Isn't it amazing how the puckering and that just kind of disappears when you do it that way :D I can't wait to see it all done - will you have it by NoBrand (or, are you even going this year?)
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