How to insert zippers!

A few weeks ago, over 60% of you told me that inserting zippers is your biggest challenge. I understand how you could struggle with that task so I thought I would post this tutorial on how to use your embroidery machine to insert a zipper into two pieces of fabric.  Click here to download these instructions.  Then go to step 1 below to download two zipper designs, one for 7” zippers and one for 9” zippers. These designs can be lengthened to accommodate any size zipper you can fit in your hoop. Just make sure when you resize, you only increase the length of the design, not the width!

Take a look at how simple (with perfect results!) this task can be.

    1. Download the design and send it to your embroidery machine.
    2. Prepare your fabric. Cut the fabric pieces what ever width you need. Cut the length 10”. Fold ½” and press one edge. Repeat for the other piece of fabric.
    3. Hoop water soluble stabilizer (the cloth type, not the film). Stitch color 1. Color 1 includes the outline of the zipper tape, a center line for positioning the coil and two hash marks, top and bottom of the zipper.
    4. Center the zipper on the outline, placing the zipper tab above the box and hash marks. Tape the top of the zipper to the stabilizer.
    5. Position the zipper on the center line, matching the coil to the stitched line.
    6. Tape the lower edge, outside of the box.
    7. Place one piece of fabric along the coil, folded edge right next to the coil.
    8. Repeat for the other piece of fabric. Tape the fabrics to the coil. Place another piece of tape at the bottom of the design (lift the fabric to see the location of the hash marks) straddling the coil. Do this so the embroidery foot doesn’t catch the second piece of fabric as it travels around the coil.
    9. Stitch color 2.

    1. There’s your zipper! Perfectly installed and ready for a back of a pillow or small cosmetic case.

  1. If you want to install a zipper into a skirt or top, just cut the fabric as instructed from the pattern instructions. Seam the two pieces to the bottom of the zipper as marked on the pattern. Press the seam allowance open, extending the pressing (and fold) beyond the end of the stitching. When adding the fabric to the zipper in Step 7, just place the end of the seam at the bottom hash marks. Proceed as outlined above.

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165 Comments on How to insert zippers!

  1. Sandy Smith
    September 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm (8 years ago)

    I just finished a set of zoo puppets for my grandchildren. I made a set for each family.

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    • Cindy McCarty
      September 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm (8 years ago)

      I am making a t-shirt for each family member (17 in all) using the North Pole 9 to 5 from Emblibrary (http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/search.aspx?search=north%20pole). There are 13 different designs that give Christmas “jobs” (reindeer trainer, fruitcake taster, etc.) to each person so I have to go into the software and make up 4 more “jobs.” I think it will make a really cute Christmas picture for the extended family. Don’t you?

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      • Eileen Roche
        September 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm (8 years ago)

        Absolutely! Please share photos on facebook when you can!

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    • maryanne fox
      September 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm (8 years ago)

      I found the white plastic coffee cups at the dollar store so i think i will make the wrap around monogram hot holder to put around each one.

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  2. Gail Beam
    September 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I just finished some pillows for my grandson and granddaughter as they just redid their bedrooms.
    Gail

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  3. Gail Beam
    September 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Eileen, OMG, I forgot to thank you for the wonderful zipper and tutorial design!!I am sure all of us will love it, and it will make putting in a zipper a snap!
    Gail

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  4. Rebecca
    September 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm (8 years ago)

    Eileen, this is why we love you so much. Amazing Zipper file!!

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm (8 years ago)

      Oh, Rebecca – you’re so sweet!

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      • Maureen
        November 11, 2011 at 4:23 am (8 years ago)

        Hi Eileen,
        I’m having trouble downloading the zipper file and I really, really want this one… I have a bernina aurora 440 Q&E, using Embroidery software Art design. Any suggestions? I’m using windows 7. Please help…
        Thanks Maureen

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  5. Lori
    September 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm (8 years ago)

    You didn’t mention what holiday so I thought I’d start with halloween. I plan on making some screen mesh trick or treat bags this year for a friends grandson’s. I made some a few years back for some friends and they turned out really cute. For Christmas, I may make some pillow cases and simple backpacks for friends children & grandchildren. I’d like to make some embroidered towels or placemats for my mother-in-law too. I have 3 red quilted blank tablerunners I may embroider for gifts also. I’d like to start a stash of FSL angels as mine are all gone now and I need to replenish the stock. A friend also had a baby girl in July and I need to make her a first Christmas stocking/ornament. I use design that Tina from Tina’s Cross Stitch Designs gave free every year until she closed her site. I’m made dozens of her free stocking through the years and personalized them at the top. After that, we’ll see what I have time for. 🙂

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm (8 years ago)

      Lori – you are so busy!

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  6. Jennifer
    September 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm (8 years ago)

    I never would have thought to use my embroidery hoop to insert a zipper that is really neat.

    As far as holiday gifts, I am making a couple of different halloween baby quilts for some friends. Both couples love halloween and are very non-traditional. It has been a lot of fun to see it come together. I am thinking about doing a table runner for my husband’s aunt for Christmas. I hope it all works out.
    Jen

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  7. Beth
    September 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm (8 years ago)

    I usually make embroidered tree ornaments to give away!

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  8. Jill Rust
    September 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm (8 years ago)

    I am making purses and place mats and shirts with my new embroidery machine. I am so excited to hear about this way of putting in a zipper – can’t wait to give it a try!

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm (8 years ago)

      Jill – practice on scrap fabric first to master the technique. You can always take the stitches our and reuse the zipper. Have fun!

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  9. Nedra
    September 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the innovative way to do a zipper. Never would have thought of doing that myself. I am going to make my mother a fleece cardigan and do so embroidery that I designed. I can hardly wait to begin.

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:37 am (8 years ago)

      Nedra, I haven’t tried this technique on fleece so I suggest doing a practice run first! The loftiness of the fleece sort of worries me so consider using extra tape to hold don the fleece.

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      • Dany
        July 16, 2016 at 10:16 am (3 years ago)

        Sure hope those babies arrive soon, Becky! How exeictd you must be! Love your hearts, I really would love to try my hand at making some. Thanks for hosting another party!!

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  10. Vicki
    September 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm (8 years ago)

    I am making aprons with Halloween embroidery on them for daughter in laws.
    And I am starting a sweat shirt with embroidery on it for a lady at a nursing home that I go visit.

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  11. Judie
    September 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for the zipper instructions and download. Great idea for inserting zippers w/o worry. Can’t wait to try a pillow cover. Love Designs in Machine Embroidery.

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  12. Marge
    September 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm (8 years ago)

    No Real Holiday was mentioned, sooo the holiday I am working on right now is a Birthday. I am making golf ball covers and a golg towel. After this Christmas and I do try to make most of my gifts. the main thing I’m planing to do for friends are tissue box covers, Christmas decorated.

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  13. Anne Marie Reilly
    September 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the zipper instructions. I know this will be a huge help to me and inspire me to try some things that I have shied away from. I am making 3D flowers for my daughter, mom, and friend that I will turn into pins, holiday towels, and looking for small projects and inspiration in your magazine in the coming months.

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  14. Nancy Nebeker
    September 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the zipper tutorial!!
    I am making an embroidered SPLISH SPLASH mesh bag to hold bath toys for a 1 year old friend,and 50 reunion favors of embroidered cup sleeves,nook bags with zippers, travel back packs, and travel coin holders of serged leather and felt. My closest friends will get pieced and embroidered pillows and my daughter in law gets a memory pillow with her mothers recipe and photo printed and then embellished.(I have to temporarily remove these from her house while she is looking the other way- dont tell her)

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  15. Laurie
    September 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm (8 years ago)

    I love this zipper tutorial! I may get back into garment construction because of this!
    I am making most of my Christmas gifts this year, but I have not fully planned it out yet. I guess I’d better get busy!

    Thanks for such a great website, and magazine!

    Laurie

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  16. Diana
    September 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm (8 years ago)

    For Halloween each family menber is getting a placemat. For Christmas the grandchildern will get their own pillow case and a large towel with their name and what they are into this i.e.- camping,flowers,on being a princeness.

    Love your magazine!
    Diana

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  17. Maryanne Peaslee
    September 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm (8 years ago)

    I quit doing buttonholes anyway but with my embroidery module quite a while ago. I will very likely start putting zippers in clothes again with this process and I have a megahoop and the magnahoop for megahoops that will come in handy for long zippers.

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  18. Bonnie
    September 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm (8 years ago)

    I love this zipper tutorial, but anyone who sews would!!!!! My plans for Christmas gifts usually expand as i get started and then Christmas Eve rolls around and I’m at the embroidery/sewing machine one more time. This year I’m thinking totes and some accessories for my daughters and oldest granddaughter. Then ITH Barbie clothes for two of my younger granddaughters. The youngest baby girl who is two I’m still thinking about. And the new addition who should be here shortly is getting a baby quilt. Now that I’ve written it all down, I think I better get started, or alas another Christmas Eve sewing at the last minute!!!!

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  19. Jan Gaffney
    September 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm (8 years ago)

    Working on a set of quilted banners (one for every month)for my daughter. I’ll be making all of my gifts this year for each family member. Something special for each of them.

    I love the zipper tutorial. I will say though that I would rather sew in a zipper than put in button holes and sew on buttons to match the hole. Yuck!!

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  20. Dee
    September 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Just finished embroidered travel shoe bags (10) and am working on wine bags with embrodered front panels. Also did purse size tissue holders in the hoop for church committee. Have granddaughters that LOVE any outfit I can come up with for their American Girl dolls. Spoiling myself a little with a Christmas Apron with embroidered front. Love all your tips and tutorials.

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  21. Anne Stidiford
    September 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm (8 years ago)

    I love this! Who would have thought….
    I have been making Origami bags for Christmas that is not too far away.

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  22. Susan
    September 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. Makes it all so simple!

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  23. Barbara
    September 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much . What a great way to do zippers. I hope you can help me with one more thing I don,t like in sewing . It,s buttonholes. I sometime make tissue box covers for gifts for people in two or more sizes. Tall square or short oblong size. I also make towels for the stove and refreg door to hang on. Could you also do something with these common sizes in buttonholes???????If you could it would be great.
    Thanks happy sewing quilting
    Barb

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:40 am (8 years ago)

      Love the buttonhole idea, Barb. Look for it in a future tutorial (a bit down the road!).

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    • Janet Genrich
      October 28, 2011 at 6:22 am (8 years ago)

      I have seen how to do buttonholes on my Bernina machine, but can’t seem to put my finger on where I saved the instructions. If I can locate them I will post them to Eileens Bloc.

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  24. Gena Allen
    September 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm (8 years ago)

    This year I think I am going to make photo ornaments. I embroider a snow globe design then before I add the clear top, I can add the small photos and a piece of ribbon for the hanger on top of the bottom fabric. Sometimes I add a little clear glitter to make it a little more special! I also stitch the date on the back for a more memorable item.
    Gena

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  25. Sonia Klein
    September 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm (8 years ago)

    Not sure where to start. I want to finish several quilts that I have started. It’s also fun to make embroidered t-shirts for everyone. Ugh, there is never enough time.

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  26. Margie B
    September 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm (8 years ago)

    I thank you so much for that tutorial. I will save this page so I have it for reference. That is awesome.

    As for gifts. Everyone gets something different. Friends are getting embroidered pictures and some family members are getting knitted beanies. Such fun on the knifty knitter.

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:41 am (8 years ago)

      Please do save it, Margie and feel free to share the link with your friends.

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  27. Anita Rodgers
    September 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m making purses and jackets this year with embroidery designs, of course. The jackets are made with jelly rolls and embroidery on the back and front yokes. Your instructions for putting in zippers with the emb. hoop is genius and just in time to use for some of these gifts, I had been wanting to use zippers on bags and now I know I can do it easily. Thanks

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  28. Barbara Cummings
    September 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the zipper info ! For Christmas, I have already made each family member (including me), a North Pole Elf shirt. I downloaded the design from emblibrary.com . We are planning on wearing the shirts for a Christmas picture !!

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    • Caroline
      July 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thnkiing like that is really amazing

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      Its so funny to read your thoughts we too had all the same ones a year ago this week we were trying to make up our mind keep them dont keep them all the risks and now look at them..

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  29. Elaine Tabor
    September 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m making quilts with embroidery designs for my family.Designs in Machine Embroidery has always been an inspiration to me. Keep up the good idesa Eileen!

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:42 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Elaine.

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  30. Nancy
    September 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm (8 years ago)

    I will be making bags and pillows for Christmas.

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  31. Jessie
    September 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm (8 years ago)

    This will be a great help when installing zippers! Thank you.

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  32. Jessie
    September 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm (8 years ago)

    This will be a great help when installing Zippers. Thank you!

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  33. camie deHollan
    September 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm (8 years ago)

    I don’t usually have a problem inserting zippers, but I’m delighted to try this method.

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  34. Antoinette
    September 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm (8 years ago)

    For Christmas I have chosen to reach out to others. While that’s nothing unusual, this year my immediate family and I are embellishing clothing and making quilts for children in our local orphanage — this includes stuffed toys, blankets and throws, pillow cases, and embellished shirts. Each gift will also include a set of new underwear, along with a gift card.

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:43 am (8 years ago)

      Antoinette – what a wonderful holiday experience for your whole family.

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  35. Beth Shelton
    September 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm (8 years ago)

    for Holloween I am making embroidered felt bags for our grandchildren. I haven’t figured out what to do for Thanksgiving and better yet, Christmas. How about some great quick gifts to make!!!

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  36. Jennie
    September 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm (8 years ago)

    thankyou for zipper tutorial I am going to show everyone as i know lots of people who hate putting in zips as well.What a great idea
    Jennie

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  37. Merrily Abels
    September 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for the zipper help!! I am making more of the wonderful fabric totes for all my family – now I can put a zippered pocket in them for keeping coupons handy.

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  38. Babbette Clark
    September 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the info!!!

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  39. Beth Rowan
    September 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm (8 years ago)

    I always make some FSL ornaments for gifts – make great hostess gifts and even better when I add hot fix crytals for some bling.

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  40. Cathy Chalk
    September 15, 2011 at 12:07 am (8 years ago)

    Eileen, everytime I read your blog I learn something new! Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us. I made handtowels last year for Christmas, so this year I’m thinking personalized pillow cases. That way they can have sweet dreams every night!

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:45 am (8 years ago)

      Cathy, I learn from you too. Your comments and encouraging words really make this blog a fun place to visit!

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  41. Georgia
    September 15, 2011 at 12:38 am (8 years ago)

    I am making kitchen angels, the wings are potholders, dress is embroidered tea towel, with a dish scrub brush with a face. they were a big hit last year for the family so making them to sell at craft fair this year.

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  42. Judy Torphy
    September 15, 2011 at 12:39 am (8 years ago)

    What a great article for the zipper. I would truly appreciate a free subscription. This is my favorite magazine

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  43. marianne
    September 15, 2011 at 1:08 am (8 years ago)

    thank you for the zipper instructions. I am going to have to definitively try this. Your instructions make it look easy to make. I am a visual person and this will help me tremendously

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  44. Sara
    September 15, 2011 at 1:23 am (8 years ago)

    I love the idea of inserting a zipper with my emb machine. Somebody is very smart to figure this one out. I love your magazine have been trying t0 get the current copy at the local book store but they have not had it the last two times I have been there, hopefully this week. I was told that it might be in the second week of Sept or later. What a disappointment I cannot wait to get it. I cannot afford to buy a subscription at this time maybe I will get one for Christmas. I plan on making my granddaughters hooded bath towels for Christmas. Sara

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  45. Peggy
    September 15, 2011 at 1:36 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you for the instructions on inserting zippers!!!

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  46. Caroline Weber
    September 15, 2011 at 1:55 am (8 years ago)

    Zippers are always so intimidating – awesome tutorial!!

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  47. Valli Lopez
    September 15, 2011 at 2:19 am (8 years ago)

    Can’t beleive we are thinking of holiday sewing already. I plan on making pillowcases in hoilday flannels and a fleece throws with each grandchilds name on them. I have 10 to make so I better get started.Thanks for the push!!

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  48. Paule-Marie
    September 15, 2011 at 2:22 am (8 years ago)

    I have a very bad habit and yait ot the last minute. I am thinking about table runners but haven’t decided

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  49. Mary Anne
    September 15, 2011 at 3:27 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you, thank you for the zipper tutorial! I plan on using it at every opportunity.

    Holiday gifts? Is it time to think about that? Actually I’m making what I planned on making last year and never quite got “round tuit”, I’m making ‘tater bakers and tortilla warmers, good useful gifts.

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  50. Tara Rose
    September 15, 2011 at 3:55 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the zipper template!!

    For Christmas I am making appliqued shirts for the nieces and nephews and lanyard for the ladies at the office!

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  51. Katrina H
    September 15, 2011 at 4:16 am (8 years ago)

    Wow thanks for the zipper files! A great tutorial as well. Christmas I made one blanket as a gift, some tea towels and usually embroidered towel sets for all the nieces and nephews.

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  52. Shirley R
    September 15, 2011 at 7:21 am (8 years ago)

    I will be making some more FSL covers for round Xmas balls. Over the past year I have been collecting the balls in lots of colors and finishes so have quite a stash of these. Will be fun to decorate them with hanging beads and hot-fix crystals for extra bling. Also plan on making some wall hangings, table toppers.

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  53. Sue Brockus
    September 15, 2011 at 11:44 am (8 years ago)

    I have some new dog toy designs that I will be incorporating your zipper files in to make some small bags. The bags to be sold as fundraiser for the next Love of Labs Indiana (lolin.org) a labrador retriever rescue that I volunteer with. Thanks!

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  54. Barbara
    September 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm (8 years ago)

    I had planned to do little zippered bags — and was a little nervous because the designs I have, while stunning, take a lot of time. With your zipper instructions, I can think of MANY ways to save time on the projects and give them my own personal touches. Thanks for being such a source of inspiration!

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:47 am (8 years ago)

      Barbara, don’t forget to practice the technique at least once before applying the zipper to an embroidery bag. Once you try it, you’ll nail it every time!

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  55. JoAnn Shipp
    September 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm (8 years ago)

    I hate installing zippers. You make it sound so easy. Think I’ll try to put it in a pillow that I embroidered.

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  56. Kathy Bettner
    September 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm (8 years ago)

    This seems so easy! I’ve been know to leave out zippers and just close with a hook and eye. Will be trying this out real soon.
    Kathy in B-town 🙂

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  57. Linda
    September 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the zipper tutorial. I am embroidering shirts and t shirts for christmas. Also towels – have to cut down on some of my stash.

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  58. Sandi Cunningham
    September 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm (8 years ago)

    I am making kitchen towels for my sister/mom’s new house.
    Mom LOVES snowmen, so I am making Months of the year Snowmen, so she can have them all year long!

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  59. Debby Gallagher
    September 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm (8 years ago)

    How clever and smart are you!!! Why didn’t I think of that? Zippered pillows…here I come!

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:49 am (8 years ago)

      Debby,
      I didn’t invent this technique – many in-the-hoop designs feature zippers. I just thought it would be a great lesson for a stand-alone zipper.

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  60. Carol Seavitt
    September 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Slippers are on my list of things to make for the family. I’ve found a pattern and now it is … off to the material store to get some cool fabric and fleece for the lining. Can’t wait!

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  61. Kathi
    September 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Love the zipper tutorial!

    I’m working on a machine-embroidered redwork Christmas quilt that will go to a special niece for Christmas. Making in-the-hoop bags for ladies I quilt with.

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  62. carol
    September 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm (8 years ago)

    thank you for the demo and design

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  63. Kathy Myers
    September 16, 2011 at 1:35 am (8 years ago)

    I know that I should of been thinking about the holidays, but have not even started, but with all of your help,I have a “million” ideas floating around my head. Thanks for all the ideas.

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 16, 2011 at 1:50 am (8 years ago)

      Get to it Kathy, or you’ll be like me and find yourself stitching on Christmas Eve!

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  64. Lesley Charlton
    September 16, 2011 at 9:26 am (8 years ago)

    I will be doing my machine embroidery cards for all my family and friends again this year, with school holidays in 10 working days here in the Australian Capital Territory (and I work in a school), I will be starting them then for Christmas. 🙂

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  65. Judith Carlon
    September 17, 2011 at 3:32 am (8 years ago)

    I’m making hot pads for the ladies, caps for the guys and grandchildren all with designs suiting their interests.

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  66. karin
    September 18, 2011 at 1:18 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for such a clever zipper installation!! I’m one of those 60%, so I was glad to see I was in good company! You have any tricks for those purse-top zips? Especially when the purse has a lining, too?? I’ve got the side extensions down, and I can get the “top” where the zip tape is in 2 pieces, but I really have trouble getting the “bottom” of the zip into the top of the purse without making puckers on the outside fabric. UGH – just thinking about it makes me jumpy!

    Gifts – oh, where do I start? Of course, I’m still at it with the panels for children’s charities, that’s a give. They are really great ways to practice free motion quilting! I’d love to get back to free standing lace, and maybe some towels, and bottle aprons too! And I’ve just engineered a child’s growth chart – there’s a Velcro strip to stick a little stuffie on for the height, a measuring tape sewn to ribbon to make sure the height is accurate, and I’ve added 5 vinyl windows for pictures as the child grows. I made one as a prototype, and within a couple of days, I have orders for FOUR!!

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  67. Linda Hedelund
    September 18, 2011 at 11:41 am (8 years ago)

    This will be my first year for xmas gifts with my embroidery machine. I hardly know where to begin.
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  68. Kathy Hutchins
    September 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Making lots of things for our first grandchild this winter. Also making Christmas stockings out of military pants for the holidays. Made a set for my sons family last year and they turned out awesome.

    Also going to be making some embroidered kitchen towels for gifts this year.

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    • Eileen Roche
      September 21, 2011 at 1:32 am (8 years ago)

      We would love to see the stockings from military pants!

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  69. Nancy
    September 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the zipper template, Eileen. That will come in handy for a couple sewing projects.

    Holiday gifts are a coordinated effort this year. My husband is canning chili and I’m embroidering small squares of fabric to cover the jar lids.

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    Thanks so much for direction to put a zipper in with the embroidery machine. I have never bought a project with a zipper because I wasn’t sure how to do it. But now I want to buy a pattern & try it out. thanks again.

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    I am late getting started, but I am working on knitting scarves and caps for my 2 grandsons, plan on making hair wraps from towels and printed fabric for my 2 DIL. One son is getting a custom framed copy of Great-grandmother’s Chicken and Dumplings recipe so he can make them himself. And last but not least I am making new Christmas stockings for everyone with special embroidery designs that fit their personality.

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  72. Veronica
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    I’m planning to make free standing lace bookmarks as stocking stuffers, for sure. Everything else is still up in the air!

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    love the tutorial!
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  83. Judy
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  84. Evelyn Gonzalez
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  92. Debra
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    Free standing lace ornaments are so easy to slip into a holiday card and don’t normally require extra postage. Some of the same holiday designs can be made in Christmas colors or Hannukah colors, for example snowflake designs. For those closer to home it’s generally sweatshirts or hoodies with huge designs on the back. I may change it up this year and just do small designs on the front left chest.

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