The zipper feels like a huge mile stone for the sewing enthusiast. It is not hard once you learn the steps. This tutorial will show how to use a zipper foot as well as an overcast foot. The overcast stitch keeps the fabric from fraying with use. It’s time to try out some of those cool features that came with your machine!
What you will need
1/2 yard of cotton fabric
Suggested cutting layout
Cut one of each
Press the strap in half lengthwise.
Open the strap up and press the right side toward the center.
Repeat with the left side.
Pin in half along the original press line.
Top stitch close to the edge on each side.
This is what it should look like.
The upper and lower front pieces will be overcast stitched along the sides that will be next to the zipper.
Mark with a pin on the side you want to edge. It is to get it turned around when you take it to the machine.
Choose the overcast foot and the overcast stitch for your machine.
To use, line the guide on the underside of foot with the edge of the fabric. The stitch is formed by stitching on the fabric on the left and the stitch falls off the fabric on the right.
This is what it will look like.
Place the zipper right side facing the upper front piece.
Pin in place about 1/4″ in from edge.
Put the zipper foot on the machine and adjust the needle to the left so the seam allowance if about 1/2″
Sew with a straight stitch.
Pin the zipper to the Lower front right sides together.
Sew using the same seam allowance.
After pressing lower piece this is what it will look like.
Take the strap and fold it in half then pin in place.
Put the regular sewing foot back on the machine. Close to the edge stitch the strap in place.
Prepare to put front and back together. Be sure they are facing the same direction.
With the right sides together pin the back to the front. Be sure to partly open the zipper.
The open zipper will need extra pinning to hold it in place.
Sew all sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
When you reach the side with the strap you may need to hand crank the machine over the very thick part to avoid breaking a needle.
Here it is after the straight stitch.
Put the overcast foot back on and choose the overcast stitch on the machine. Use the overcast stitch on all sides.
The finished inside view.
Turn right side out and press again.