THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

December 30, 2007

Covering zipper for furry fabrics

Filed under: Closures,Els,Notions,sewing,Tutorials — Els @ 8:16 pm

If you want to use a zipper with a faux or real fur fabric it can be difficult to open and close the zipper because of the hairy fabric.
You can prevent this by covering the zipper teeth with a piece of tape.
For the example I used a piece of satin bias tape, which was pre folded but I pressed it open and folded it again in half and sewed the covering tape with a loose tension so I can remove that stitching after I have sewed the zipper in the garment. I used a different colour because it is easier to see which tread has to be removed later.
This is not necessary, if you do not want to remove the first stitching use a matching colour thread and a normal tension. You can use any other piece of tape or a strip of folded lining fabric.
I sewed the tape that covers the teeth of the zipper with the zipper tape on top:



  1. Thank you, Els! Excellent tip. I can think of other uses for this technique, too.

    Comment by summersetbanks — December 31, 2007 @ 4:50 am

  2. Thank you for a very useful tip. The effect is beautiful.

    Comment by Isabelle — December 31, 2007 @ 5:25 am

  3. Definitely one of the most useful things I have read in a long time, Thanks!

    Comment by georgene — December 31, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

  4. Great idea Els – I doubt I’d ever come up with something so ingenious on my own. Thanks!

    Comment by phyllisc — December 31, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  5. such a simple and smart solution,wow your smarter than me LOL.tHANKS FOR SHARING!

    Comment by Michelle Jadaa — January 3, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  6. What a great tip, Els! I will remember this one for future use!

    Comment by Tany — January 3, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

  7. So clever! This is one of those “duh” things that leaves me wondering…”why didn’t I think of that?”

    Comment by dawn — January 10, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

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