For as long as I can remember, I have been sewing in my invisible zippers with a Singer Zipper foot that fits on my Janome sewing machine (below right). It bounces around a bit, but it’s ok. A few months ago I purchased this “Unique” brand package. A plastic Zipper Foot with a variety of shanks to fit any machine – supposedly useful for sewing in invisible zippers! Sorry… I found using my Singer Zipper foot to be more accurate.
I recently decided that it was time to splurge. After searching for a Janome Invisible Zipper foot – only to discover there was no such thing – I found a Janome Concealed Zipper foot… and I bought it, despite it’s silly name!
Here is my invisible zipper, fresh from the package, ironed open and ready to be sewn in. Yes, it is recommended that you iron open each side of an invisible zipper to make insertion easier.
See how flat it lies now and how perfectly the teeth fit into the Concealed Zipper foot.
I ironed on a strip of interfacing where my invisible zipper was to be sewn in.
A perfectly close, straight stitch line with my Concealed Zipper foot!
Both sides. Notice that I am sewing the right sides of my fabric and my invisible zipper together. I will turn the fabric to the inside afterwards.
I do switch to my Singer Zipper foot to sew up and close the bottom of my seam and I do a couple of stitches to anchor down the bottom of my invisible zipper.
Another new toy that I discovered while searching for my Concealed Zipper foot was this heat resistant measuring card for pressing up my hem up to the perfect length, prior to hand sewing.
Now the only thing left to show you is the finished garment – a dress made for my sister – Vogue V1406. Since she isn’t here to try it on, Petunia will have to stand in.
My Her fabric is a 100% rayon Batik. So elegant!
I love the neckline and the back details THE BEST! The draping, the gathering, the godet at the bottom back hemline!
A second look…
During the last week, I cut out FOUR garments. Now I’m ready to sew two Sewaholic Hollyburn skirts (one denim with red topstitching – see vote on Instagram), a cardigan from Butterick B5789 and another dress from McCall’s M7169 for my Sister’s Sewing Projects. Oh! When I went to look at the link for McCall’s, that pattern was on sale for $1.99 – don’t you just hate that!
All I want to do now is put the dinner on, put the laundry in and SEW!
Do you have a proper Invisible (or Concealed) Zipper foot for your sewing machine? How is that working for you? Or are you able to get the job done using something else?
(Just a note: I don’t advertise here right now, but even if I did, as always when I talk about something, I either LIKE it or DON’T LIKE it! You’ll get my truth!)