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BERNINA Invisible Zipper Foot Tutorial + Giveaway


For my next post on BERNINA’s blog, WeAllSew, I’m sharing a tutorial on how to sew an invisible zipper into a skirt with a waistband. Whether a newbie or an experienced sewer, invisible zippers can be tricky. They’re even trickier when you have to line up a seam on either side of the zipper, like in a waistband. Hopefully, my tutorial will help you so you don’t end up unpicking the seam and re sewing!

As an added bonus, BERNINA of America is offering one Madalynne reader an invisible zipper foot. Woot woot! To enter, leave a comment answering what your biggest tip is when sewing an invisible zipper within my blog post “How To Sew an Invisible Zipper into a Skirt with a Waistband” on WeAllSew.com. Limit one (1) entry per person. Contest begins at 9:00 AM CST on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, and ends at 12:00 AM CST on Wednesday, May 5, 2015. One winner will be selected at random to receive a BERNINA Invisible-zipper foot # 35.

The fine print: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are over 18 years of age as of date of entry. Void where prohibited.  

Didn’t know that I was a BERNINA ambassador? Click here to read more.


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    Be sure that when you iron the coils, they don’t melt, but are flat.

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      Yes! If you’re on the synthetic setting and move quickly, you won’t melt the coils.

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    Jeri Savoie

    Use a thin strip of double-sided iron-on adhesive to firmly hold the zipper in place instead of pins or basting.

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    Natasha Estrada

    If you have the #35 you don’t need to iron (don’t enter me in the comp I already have that foot). Also you can use the invisible zipper technique with regular zippers too with a few modifications

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    Kristin Hanson

    After sewing one side of the zipper tape, close the zipper, and mark where the seam should match up on the opposite zipper tape. Unzip, pin and sew. It makes things so much easier!

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    Eek I am new to zippers so I am reading all the tips! thanks!

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    Hilary McDaniel

    I use the double sided 1/4″ tape when inserting all zippers,facings,or hems. That stuff is like having a third hand. I’m looking forward to your tutorial. I’ve never put an invisible zip in that had a waistband.

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    Doris McCarty

    Ugh, zippers! Watch for melting coils

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    Karen Rarich

    Using steam-a-seam to secure zipper .Photos and descriptions of the whole tutorial are very clear.

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    Don’t be afraid and just try it! I love invisible zippers 🙂

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    I use a regular zipper foot and mash it up real close and go slow, usually I can get pretty close

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    Mary Beth

    I used to baste and baste and baste and my zippers never stayed in place, then I discovered Dritz double sided wash away tape, it keeps things perfectly in place

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    You can use a regular zipper foot but the invisible zipper foot makes it so much easier.

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    Amanda Werner

    The tip that has helped me the most with invisible zippers is ironing the zipper teeth in the proper direction. Makes such a difference!

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    Tierney Layne (@TierneyLayne_)

    I have tried an invisible zipper only once during my rather on-and-off relationship with sewing. It did not end well, unfortunately!

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    lauren Maedge

    I am a FACS teacher and we are currently finishing up our projects that include invisible zippers! I will be sharing your tips on Monday! I loved the tip about ironing the zipper before sewing it in!

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    Laura Mae

    Hand baste!! This applies to so many different sewing situations, but basting is incredibly helpful when trying to match seamlines that intersect zipper seam – not to mention getting rid of those pesky pins that have a tendency to stab fingers at the most inopportune times and keep things from laying flat!

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    Alice Voss-Kantor

    Hello Maddy,

    thank you for providing this helpful tutorial for our BERNINA WeAllSew blog!

    Yours BERNINA team

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      Thank you for allowing me to share on WeAllSew!

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    I just got a Bernina and need to pick up this foot for a test sewing project I’m working on right now. I think the biggest tip is to press the zipper flat. I’ve always just used the zipper straight out of the package, but I think that will help things a lot!

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    Go for it. Too many people are afraid of zippers. I’m not an expert, but zippers are fun. I have had great luck with two sided tape that washes away. Helps to position the zipper before I sew and makes it so much easier than pins. Still, I’m wanting to learn about new tips, techniques, feet to make it even easier.


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      Thanks for the tip about using two sides tape that washes away! I’ll have to try it!

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