Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Episode 12): Zippers and Buttons Part 1

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Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! If zippers give you the shivers, then you’ve come to the right place. In Part 1, we go over the anatomy of a zipper, the different kinds, and how to insert a Standard Closed End Zipper, Invisible Zipper, and Exposed Zipper.

There is a ton of information (like always), so we broke this video into 2 parts. In part 2 (release next week), you’ll learn all about buttons, snaps, grommets, and velcro.

Remember, there is more than one method for installing zippers. These are the ones that work the most for me. If you have any of your own zipper tips and tricks, leave them in the comment section below- we love to hear from you!

Feel Free to use this video as a reference and browse to the section you need. Follow this index:
02:05 Closed End Standard Zipper
06:33 Invisible Zipper
13:15 Exposed Zipper

For more information, watch these videos:
Zipper Foot:
Invisible Zipper Foot:

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  1. 1954BJohn says:

    Lots of info – Thanks!!

  2. How helpful. I think my fear of sewing zippers might disappear!

  3. deverm00 says:

    Thanks. I will try to install one now. I have to stop procrastinating. Lol

  4. Kara Rogers says:

    I have a request! Can you do a video on how to use a twin needle? These videos are so helpful, and I'd love to know how to use a twin needle.

  5. Faith Hahn says:

    Oh my God I can finally sew a zipper!! Best tutorial EVER! Thank you so much!

  6. Alexandra Z says:

    Loving your videos!! I just start sewing and still have lots to learn!! 🙂

  7. Great video! I want to start by saying I'm very new to sewing and I'm a little confused about a lot of things but your videos give me hope 🙂

  8. Thank you! You've got some great, very helpful videos!

  9. Bunny FuFu says:

    I'm new to sewing, I'm using my new brother sewing machine for making doll clothes…out of curiosity, what exactly are the pros and cons of a extension table and should I purchase one? I seee a lot of people don't use them and I've been told sewing ergonomics is important and that I should get one but they're expensive and I don't know if is important enough?

  10. Abby Ray says:

    I can't find the list of sippers

  11. Erika M says:

    This video is perfect and so clear to understand. I have to replace a broken invisible zipper on a dress and I am new to sewing so I have been too scared of messing up my dress to try but your video has really given me courage.

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