Adding a Recessed Zipper


You can make a bag that has everything going for it, but the zipper ends up disappointing you. By Adding a Recessed Zipper to your patterns you can include that final finesse otherwise lacking in your projects. Learn how to sew a zipper that remains fashionably unseen by checking out this simple tutorial. Sewing techniques like this one are well worth learning because they can apply to tons of other sewing projects going forward. Get educated and learn how to sew a zipper.

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Instructions make the zipper cases too short since they subtract 3/4 inch from the length, then lose 2 additional seam allowances for the sides. I followed these instructions to modify the 13 step canvas tote, and had to rip the zipper out it fit so badly. After remaking the zipper case the full width, adding extra to the cut fabric to account for the seam allowances, and attaching higher in the bag, it works great. If there is much width to your bag, longer zipper tails are also needed.


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