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Once you’ve got the hang of sewing invisible zippers , you may wonder what the best way is of attaching a facing or a lining to it.
Though I do prefer an invisible zipper, sometimes it just isn’t practical. So I usually end up centering an all purpose zip. This is when you sew the seam before installing the zip, and then top stitch on the right side of the fabric, on either side of the seamline, avoiding the zipper teeth. The problem is you quite often end up with a bubble around the zipper pull as it hits the zipper foot. I’ve seen a lot of suggestions for getting around this by opening the zipper and sewing each side seperately, then zipping it up and finishing blah blah blah. But honestly I find that to be really fidley.
I made a bag recently…. before I let you see the bag [update: it is here], I wish to show you how I sewed the pockets inside, both zipper pocket and 2-tier slip pocket with 6 compartments ( coming soon , updated). Want a zipper pocket to show only the zipper and not the outline of the pocket’s seams?
**UPDATE** If you'd like this tutorial (or any of my others) in PDF format click here.
Zippers can be daunting even for experienced sewers. The reason? Zippers are often installed the wrong way.
I have tried several ways to sew in internal zipper pockets.