One of the feet I get asked to demonstrate the most is the zipper foot. Sounds easy enough, but did you know there are several types of sewing machine zipper feet? This article and video are the first in a series on the different sewing machine zipper feet types and how to use them.
Where are Zippers Used?
Zippers are most commonly found in clothing. Typically they will be in pants, tailored skirts, and dresses. Zippers are also used in bags, pillows, and other home décor projects. In the past, zippers were typically hidden, but in the last five years or so, many designers have begun using exposed zippers. When sewing an exposed zipper, I like to use one with a decorative edge, but it isn't necessary.
All-Purpose Zipper Foot
The all-purpose zipper foot is the one that comes with the sewing machine when you buy it. When using it, you change the needle position so that it comes down on either the right or left sides of the toe.
Invisible Zipper Foot
The invisible zipper foot is used to install an invisible zipper. Also called the concealed zipper foot because the zipper is concealed in the seam. This makes it ideal for evening gowns, skirts, and even pillow covers.
Zarrow Zipper Foot
The narrow zipper foot is used to install regular zippers. The foot is designed to enable sewing very close to your fabric's zipper teeth, cording, or other raised items.
Did I Leave Any Zipper Feet Out?
Did you know there were so many different types of sewing machine zipper feet and ways to use them? Have I forgotten any? If so let me know in the comments below or in our private Facebook group.
Are you looking to master more sewing machine feet? You can find an ever-growing list of articles and videos under Sewing Machine Feet.