How to Replace an Invisible Zipper

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How to Replace an Invisible Zipper
Invisible zippers can not be repaired once broken, so they must be replaced. (zippers image by Joyce Wilkes from

Invisible zippers, while not entirely invisible, do not distract from the beauty of a garment and are made to blend into the fabric. Unlike a traditional zipper, invisible zippers are sewn in an open seam, where the rest of the seam is stitched in only after the zipper is sewn in. Invisible zippers are ideal for elegant garments or for snug fitting apparel, whatever item you do not wish to have a noticeable zipper. Removing invisible zippers is more difficult than removing a traditional zipper, but can still be done.

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Things you need

  • Seam Ripper

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    Slide your sharpened seam ripper under the zig zag stitch holding in the zipper on the inside of your garment.

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    Cut the stitches every half inch along the length of the seam.

  3. 3

    Flip the seam over and use the probe end of the seam ripper to lift out broken threads.

  4. 4

    Flip the seam back to the inside of the garment and cut the other stitches holding in your zipper with your seam ripper. Other common zipper stitches include the straight stitch or the basting stitch.

  5. 5

    Flip the garment over and remove all the broken threads until your zipper can be removed from the garment.

  6. 6

    Check the condition of the fabric. If it is in good condition, you can go ahead and replace the zipper. If it is worn or torn, you can use stabilising tape to repair the fabric along the back of the seam allowance and then install the zipper as if the fabric were brand new.

  1. 1

    Press the zipper coils flat using a cool iron.

  2. 2

    Lay the zipper and the good side of the fabric together and pin it into place so it does not move while sewing.

  3. 3

    Stitch all the way from top to bottom until you get to the zipper stop.

  4. 4

    Repeat this with the right side of the zipper. You zipper should now be secured to the fabric.

  5. 5

    Finish the garment seam as you normally would. Be sure to start the seam as close as possible to the zipper stop. There will be a gap between the zipper stop and the fabric, so hand sew the gap shut since a machine stitch can not get as close as a hand stitch can.

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