Zippers can be like free motion quilting….they seem to strike fear into us! But like everything else……when you know how and have mastered the skill, you will wonder what was so scary about the thought of inserting an invisible zipper.
Invisible or concealed zippers are just that…..you can barely see where they are in a garment so they truly do conceal closures in skirts, dresses etc.
I made this skirt in a linen fabric with an ethnic/African print. I also made a lovely mustard coloured knit top to wear with it. I obviously wanted the zipper to blend in and not be seen. See below.
The CONCEALED OR INVISIBLE ZIPPER FOOT Z makes the task of inserting the zipper SO much easier.
Tip#1: carefully press the coils on the invisible zipper open a little to make the sewing close to the coils much easier. Take care as the zipper is nylon and could melt if the iron is too hot. You need to be careful you don’t burn your fingers either! Those silicone finger sheaths are a big help.
The concealed zipper foot has 2 grooves underneath. The coil is held open by the foot to make the sewing easy.
There are 3 different Concealed zipper feet: Z for 9mm machine models, Z for 7mm machine models and one for front loading Elna models. Contact your local dealer for the correct one based on the model of sewing machine you own.
Originally posted on Janome Life by Liz Thompson.