There’s been a new edition to the website that I’m thrilled to present – metal-look, nylon zippers by the yard. You can find them here on the zipper page. They come in 3 tape colors (Black, White, Light Gray) and 5 teeth colors (Silver, Gunmetal, Antique Brass, Gold & Rose Gold). What I love about these is that you get the look of metal zippers (which I love) but the ease of sewing with nylon (which I love even more!). Metal zippers are beautiful but they can be a bit intimidating if you’re new to using them.
Working with zipper by the yard is not as hard as you may think. It’s nice because you’ll always have the size you need since you can cut them to any size needed for a project. Below are some tips for working with them and adding the pulls. Remember, sometimes having a third hand can be helpful so if you have an extra hand around (like a friend or spouse) that can be super helpful. And it gets easier with practice!
For recessed zipper purse tops you will need to close up the end so you don’t lose the pull (since you don’t have the metal stopped that you would normally have). I used a scrap of cork to finish mine and I really like how it came out. The zipper tape is about 1.25″ wide so I cut my cork a little wider and about double in length – 1.5″ x 2″. I folded it over the end, clipped in place and stitched it about 1/8″ from the edge. The cork doesn’t fray so no need to finish the edges!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!
Happy Sewing 🙂