Sewing Machine Feet: Invisible Zipper Foot

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Ever wonder how garment manufacturers put in a concealed or invisible zipper? It’s easier than you think. The secret is an Invisible Zipper Foot.

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The Invisible Zipper Foot

Wait, don’t click away yet. I’m here to tell you that this can be easy AND inexpensive. I may have a nice Bernina invisible zipper foot, but there is an economical way to install an invisible zipper using a foot (affiliate) you can buy costing under $10 (or less at Joann’s with a coupon). It works as well as my fancy-schmancy foot and fits most machines. I used a foot like for over 20 years.

 Invisible Zipper feet

How it works

The key to either of these feet (and other manufacturers’ feet) is understanding the basic structure. All invisible zipper feet have grooves on the underside of the foot that allow the zipper coils to slide through smoothly.

bottom of invisible zipper foot
labeled bottom of  Invisible Zipper Foot

The beauty of an invisible zipper foot is the way the coils fit perfectly into the grooves on the sole of the foot. Once in position, the machine needle glides right up to the edge of the zipper coils making for a very straight stitch.

Using Invisible Zipper Foot

Place the zipper coils in the groove, and set your machine needle in the center position. Slowly, begin stitching; the foot will place the stitching very close to the zipper coils. When you reach the bottom, the foot will not allow you to sew past the zipper pull. Stop, back stitch, and remove from machine.

sewing Invisible Zipper to a garment.

Repeat on the opposite side.

sewing Invisible Zipper to a garment.

Use a regular zipper foot to close the seam by stitching past the stopping place. Press open like you would with any regular seam.

close seam

You cannot even see the black zipper against the white-ish fabric when the zipper is closed.

finished Invisible Zipper
finished Invisible Zipper

Give it a try!

The invisible zipper is my preferred zipper. I promise this is easier than you think. To practice, get an invisible zipper and an invisible zipper foot. Cut two pieces of fabric 6″ longer than the zipper and 5″ wide. Set your machine on the longest stitch setting and practice. Rip out, and try again. After 2-3 times, you will have it down.

UPDATE:  I recently came across this video from Bernina showing the invisible zipper foot in action.

Click this link to learn about other sewing machine feet!

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  1. Thank you for this. I have a little dress I made for a friend’s daughter (kind of winged it rather than using a pattern) and totally forgot that I’d need a zipper or buttons or something in the back so it would go over her head. Now I need to take out the back seam and add something. I’ve been debating on whether to go with buttons and loop or a zipper. I think I’ll try this and see how it comes out. One of these feet came with my machine, but I didn’t know what it was. Thanks again!

  2. I was going to purchase the Coats and Clark brand on Amazon but after reading the comments I understand why it was only given one star. I may have to get a Bernina one for my Bernina machine. Thank you for the series on machine feet. They have been very helpful.

  3. I just got a new machine, that thankfully can with a lot of new sewing machine feet. Glad I stumbled upon your series from the Inspiration Exchange.

  4. Now I know why I can’t put in a decent invisible zipper! Thanks so much for the info, I will get one of those.
    Have a good week!

  5. So I gather that you have a Bernina machine. Have you used the plastic foot with your Bernina? I have not figured out a way to make it fit, and I’m even thinking about buying the Bernina one. Please advice

    1. I recommend only using Bernina Feet on a Bernina machine. I’ve used their invisible zipper foot and it works great every time.

  6. I have the Bernina invisible zipper foot . I have used it before for beautiful zippers.
    I am sewing on a heavy Pique and it gathers the fabric and stalls.
    CAn you tell me what I am doing wrong?

    1. Without seeing the project it’s difficult for me to diagnose the problem. However, pique is probably not the best fit for an invisible zipper. You may want to try another option.

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