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Machine Basics 2: Standard Zippers

Machine Basics 2: Standard Zippers

Build confidence and skill sewing installing standard zippers.  A standard zipper is one that has exposed teeth on the front of the zipper.  After you install the zipper you can still see the teeth.  Make a small project using skills learned. Explore machine presser feet designed for zipper installation.  

Students should have basic working knowledge of a sewing machine or completed Machine Basics 1: General sewing machine use (be comfortable with your sewing machine, sew a seam, thread machine, fill and replace bobbin).

Class covers essential zipper installation techniques for standard zippers.  Students learn to use zipper presser feet. A limited number of Dabble & Stitch sewing machines can be reserved for use during class. If you would like to use one please call before registering to check availability. 


Instructor guides students step by step in making samples to learn techniques.   Pre-made samples on display for each step. Students see, touch and execute to learn.  Additional discussion of various types of zippers and when to use them. Completed garments and projects on display to illustrate applications of learned skills.

Students will also view printed sewing pattern instructions for installing zipper in garment.  Instructor will discuss how to follow sewing pattern instructions for installing a standard zipper in garment.  Skills learned making samples and small project equip students to install standard zippers into garments or objects.


Optional small project completed in second half of class.


Class Duration: 1.5 hours.  


Skills learned:

  • Installing all purpose/standard zippers;

  • Use of standard zipper presser foot for home sewing machines;

  • Discussion, demonstration and practice of various zipper installation situation and techniques;

  • Learn to use your machine to install zippers (or use ours);

  • Discussion and exploration of buying and using various types of zippers including separating zippers, gauge & zippers, needles and finding custom made zippers.

Take Home:

  • Small Project Completed;

  • Paper and electronic handout detailing class information and project, including links to internet sources for technique and purchase;

  • Newfound skill and confidence with zippers.

Supplies Needed:

  • Sewing machine ;

  • The presser feet that came with your machine, if any (we have extra zipper feet you can use if you don’t have one);

  • Sewing notions such as scissors, stitch ripper, snips, pins etc. - we have these for student use if you don’t yet have them.

  • All project supplies and zippers pre-cut and provided by instructor.

Special note on Zipper Replacement:

If you have garments or items needing new zippers feel free to bring them to ask questions about replacing them yourself at home after taking this class.  

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Beginner
Materials Included: Materials Included
Requirements: Completion of Machine Basics 1: Learning to use your sewing machine
Instructor: Carol Zamonski

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.