Recently a friend came to me, troll-speckled fabric in hand, asking me for a lesson on making circle skirts.
While I will get to posting that eventually, for now I used our lesson to get photos for (in my opinion) the easiest way to install a zipper.
First, increase the stitch length to the highest setting on your sewing machine, and without backstitching, straight stitch the pieces together where the zipper will go with a 1.5cm seam allowance.
This keeps the fabric in place and the long stitches are easy to take out in the end.
Iron the fabric open and pin the zipper right-side down with the zip lining up with the join of the fabric.
Using a zipper foot, sewing on the zipper with the short side of the zipper foot following the zip using a normal stitch length, straight stitch, and backstitching at both ends.
The hardest part is moving the zipper itself around when it gets in the way, just wiggle it around, take a deep breath and you will be fine.
Finally, take out the long temporary stitches from before to reveal your lovely zipper!
For a first zipper, she did spectacularly! Here is the gorgeous troll-tastic skirt :)
P.S. New drinking game: take a shot for every time I typed “zip” or “zipper”