how do you sew a fly-front zipper?


I'm sewing a pair of shorts and need to know how to sew the zipper. Thanks for any help.


Gorfram7 years ago
Zippers are always tricky, and zipper flies are among the worst. Hopefully yo're already familiar with putting in simpler zippers(?), and you're working from a pattern which gives you some help in the instructions(?).

The best general strategy I've found is to go slow, be careful, be thorough, and to take it easy.

I have my best luck with zippers when I first pin, then hand baste before sewing by machine. The basting step may not seem necessary, but can save time & grief in the long run.

Take frequent breaks, especially if you find yourself cursing a lot :). Putting the work aside overnight and starting fresh the next day is sometimes the best thing you can do, and a good seam ripper is an essential tool.

And, of course, YZMV (Your Zipper May Vary).