Zippers are essential sewing supplies for many garments created on most sewing machines. Some items, like coats or vests, may even require a separating zipper, which must be carefully attached so it can easily close the garment. When sewing on Juki HZL-DX7 sewing machines, use the instructions that follow for adding a separating zipper to most apparel.
What Is A Separating Zipper?
A separating zipper is a type of garment closing device that opens completely and separates into two parts, such as those on a jacket. Unlike a standard zipper that stays together and only opens at the bottom, these type of slide fasteners are set together at the bottom by hand, then closed in an upward motion. For a separating zipper to function properly, it must be correctly sewn onto the garment so it closes the garment evenly and all parts of the garment match as they should.
Simple Steps For Attaching A Separating Zipper
To add a separating zipper to a garment when using Juki HZL-DX7 sewing machines, follow the simple steps referenced below:
- Choose the Right One - Most zippers look the same in the package, so it is essential to choose this type of sewing supply carefully. When sewing this slide fastener onto a garment such as a jacket, vest, or coat, be sure to start out with one that is designed to come completely apart at the bottom. Trying to use a standard one by cutting it apart will not work since there is no way to put the zipper back together and keep it that way.
- Baste the Opening - For the best results, machine baste the opening so the two sides are temporarily sewn together. Press the seam open so the garment lays flat, then turn it over to the wrong side.
- Placement - Working on the wrong side of the basted garment opening, lay the closed zipper face down over the basted edges. Position it so the pull chain is over the seam and the tape lays over the seam allowance; pin in place.
- Basting - Turning the garment over, hand baste the zipper tape and seam allowances to the garment from the right side of the fabric. Baste about one-half inch in from the closed fabric seam, or a little less for zippers with large teeth. Do not sew across the bottom, only along the tape itself.
- Stitching - Carefully topstitch just to the inside of the hand basting to sew the zipper tape onto the garment. Tie off end threads on the wrong side. Next, pull out the hand basted threads to open the basted center seam.
- Facing - Once the zipper has been securely sewn onto the garment, finish the seam by folding back the facings and carefully hemming them. The zipper should open and close easily at this point, without catching any fabric in the teeth.
Sewing machines supplies like standard and separating zippers allow sewers much more flexibility in the types of garments they can design using their sewing machines. By using this simple technique, anyone sewing with Juki HZL-DX7 sewing machines should have no problem attaching a separating zipper to their garment!