SERIES ON JANOME FEET PART 9: CONCEALED ZIPPER FOOT

Today’s bite of sewing goodness comes in the form of a little lesson on what some of us consider the scary side of sewing life… Zipper insertion! No running and hiding.  Give it a go.  You just might earn an apple for your efforts.

Using the Concealed Zipper foot

by Liz Thompson

Zippers can be like free motion quilting….they seem to strike fear into us! But like everything else……when you know how and have mastered the skill, you will wonder what was so scary about the thought of inserting an invisible zipper.

IMG_1392[1]Invisible or concealed zippers are just that…..you can barely see where they are in a garment so they truly do conceal closures in skirts, dresses etc.

I made this skirt in a linen fabric with an ethnic/African print. I also made  a lovely mustard coloured knit top to wear with it…but that is for another day. I obviously wanted the zipper to blend in and not be seen.  See below.

The JANOME CONCEALED OR INVISIBLE ZIPPER FOOT Z makes the task of inserting the zipper SO much easier.

Tip#1: carefully press the coils on the invisible zipper open a little to make the sewing close to the coils much easier. Do take care as the zipper is nylon and could melt if the iron is too hot. You need to be careful you don’t burn your fingers either! Those silicone finger sheaths are a big help.

The concealed zipper foot has 2 grooves underneath. The coil is held open by the foot to make the sewing easy.

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Here is a Janome video of how to use the concealed zipper foot.

  1. Concealed zipper foot Z for 9mm machine models – Part# 859815002
  2. Concealed zipper foot Z for 7mm machine models – Part #
  3. There is also one for front loading Janome models – Part#941800000   concealed%20zipper%20foot1
  4. And one for the 1600P straight stitch machine – part #767410016    concealed%20zipper%20foot%201600 
    the first side of the zipper is attached, right side down, wrong side up.

    the first side of the zipper is attached, right side down, wrong side up.

    the concealed zipper foot in action

    the concealed zipper foot in action sewing the second side of the zipper.

     

    The seam below the zipper is sewed closed AFTER the 2 sides of the zipper have been inserted. So side or center seams would need to be left open until then. A regular zipper foot is used for this seam so that the needle position can get as close to the previous stitching against the zipper coils so that the straight stitching is "seamless".

    The seam below the zipper is sewed closed AFTER the 2 sides of the zipper have been inserted. So side or center seams would need to be left open until then. It does help to hold the tails/ends of the zipper away from the seam allowance when you do this. It is also advisable to use a zipper at least 2-3 inches longer than the zipper opening as this makes the task very much easier. The excess amount of zipper may be cut away afterwards or just left inside the lining of the skirt or dress.
    A regular zipper foot is used for closing the rest of the seam so that the needle position can get as close to the previous stitching against the zipper coils so that the straight stitching is “seamless”.

    This invisible zipper is on a patch pocket

    This invisible zipper is on a patch pocket

 

 

 

About lizafrica

I work in the Education Dept at Janome & Elna, Canada and LOVE to sew. I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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5 Responses to SERIES ON JANOME FEET PART 9: CONCEALED ZIPPER FOOT

  1. Emy says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now and I have to say your articles/tips are really great.

    I was wondering if you could write a tutorial on installing an invizible zipper foot for machines that accept Part#941800000 (for front loading Janome models – Part#941800000). For some reason, after removing the regular foot, I can’t seem to align the needle with the invisible zipper foot and the part is rather confusing to adjust.

    Any tips will be really great.

    Thank you,
    Emy

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  2. Sandy Breslin says:

    I have become accustomed to your daily blogs! Don’t st op now . Sandy

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Sandy,
      The apple-a-day-with Janome in September was a real special event so I am not sure we will be able to keep up with a blog post every day – every month. However, we will certainly keep posting as often as we can!
      Keep checking back & Happy sewing.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  3. cherylsewing says:

    I have enjoyed all of the “Apple A Day” Blog posts this month. Good work from Janome and Staff.

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