April 13, 2024   10AM – 12 NOON

Take the fear out of inserting zippers in all types of garments.

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SKU: 24-04-13-ZIPPERS-SEWOP Categories: , ,


Discover simple tips for getting zippers in right the first time as you practice three methods of inserting them. Learn to choose the best method for each garment and see which tools and notions make the job easier.

2 hours — $95


Bring your sewing machine, foot pedal, power cord, bobbins and needles, and invisible zipper foot. 

Sewing supplies:

Thread – dark and light colors
Fabric shears
Small, sharp scissors
Chalk marker and/or marking pens or pencils
6” ruler or seam gauge
Seam ripper
Hand sewing needles and needle threader if needed


In this class you will practice three ways of inserting zippers in garments – a traditional lapped zipper, a fly front zipper for pants and an invisible zipper. Making a sample of each method will show you how easy they can be.

Learn how and where to shorten a zipper and when to adjust seam allowances.

Bring the invisible zipper foot available for your sewing machine if you have one or borrow a generic foot in class.

zipper stuff
zipper in tan pants
zipper in blue dress
zipper in a black dress
zipper in a blue dress
zipper in plaid skirt
closed zipper in plaid skirt
zipper in herringbone skirt

This class is held at Sew-Op + Maker Space in Vancouver, WA, across the Columbia River from Portland, OR.

For Portlanders who don’t often cross the river, it’s easy. Traveling north on I-5, take Mill Plain exit toward Port of Vancouver, stay in the left lane. (The far left lane is not Mill Plain.) Turn left at light and move to the right lane. You are now on 15th Street. Turn right on Broadway. Sew-Op is in the green building on right—the first building you come to.

There is 2-hour free street parking in front of Sew-Op and extended parking four blocks east. For closer parking download the convenient Parking Kitty app. Use this City of Vancouver Parking Map to find more parking locations.

Sew-Op Exterior

1507 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663
near the corner of E. 15th and Broadway. Use the parking map link button above to find parking near Sew-Op.

Helen Bartley teaching a class at the Palmer/Pletsch Sew-Op Sewing School

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Another Book You Might Enjoy—Théâtre de la Mode

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Using the ages-old tradition of traveling miniature mannequins dressed in current couture, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture mobilized a whole industry with unprecedented cooperation and creativity to prove that life could begin again through these 27” tall ambassadors of fashion. This book tells their story.


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