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how do you sew a fly-front zipper? Answered


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

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GorframBest Answer (author)2010-06-23

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).

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