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Installing a Zipper

Installing a Zipper (The Easy Way) | Indian Leather Tannery

You’ll be delighted to know that installing a zipper nicely really takes very little skill. This is not one of those situations where you must train forever to get things perfect (I am looking at the stitching awl), but rather just requires the ideal knowledge.

I used to put in zippers with adhesive. It was a pain and generally, the final result, even if lined up directly, was messing because of the glue residue. Then one day a leatherworking friend explained,”Only use quilting tape”

And my life hasn’t been the same.

So essentially, this very brief article is only here to pass along my friend’s message to create your zipper setup a breeze. But I will also, quickly cover the procedure for adding a zipper into a bag.

Selecting a zipper:

Since we’re using leather, I really suggest avoiding plastic zippers. You don’t have to put something which will quickly break on a product that’s supposed to last a lifetime. I use metal zippers and the best-known brands are YKK and Riri. YKK is used on pretty much everything. You could check the zipper in your pants right now and it is probably that they would say YKK. This is excellent because, if you are like me, you probably can’t recall a time you had your pants zipper break. It’s a fantastic brand. Indian Leather Tannery which will sell YKK zippers. Ziri zippers are a much higher quality zipper and also have a price point to match.

Prepping the leather to the zipper:

Cutting out the zipper slot

In this instance, I will put a zipper into a single piece of leather, rather than joining two pieces of leather together with the zipper.

To do this first cut out a rectangle where you want to place the zipper. A Few things to keep in mind when doing so:

Painting the edges

  • If you would like a bag to have a comfortable opening that is 1 foot long, you ought to allow the zipper to go beyond that 1 foot. This is due to the fact that the zipper will always pull the leather together on the ends. In cases like this, you may have a 14-16″ slot for the zipper.
  • The zipper slot has to be smaller compared to the zipper. As in the example, your zipper will go beneath the slot that you simply cut and the zipper’s cloth should transcend that slot to be sewn in. Typically I try to have approximately.5″ on both sides to allow for stitching.

When you have cut the hole you will usually need to sew something to each end that will halt the zipper pull from slipping beneath the leather, not to be seen again.

Next, before placing the zipper, be certain that you finish the edges, whether that be by burnishing or using border paint.

Just Use Quilting Tape:

Applying Quilting Tape

Quilting tape is merely double-sided stick tape that is thinner than usual. And all you’ve got to do to use is cut it to size, peel off it back, and put it on the edges of the zipper cloth. Then set the zipper in place below the slot you have cut. And, done, it is held in place to your stitching.


There’s nothing particular about stitching a zipper, but if you do not understand how to stitch you can take a look here.

You can check our wide range of zipper on Indian Leather Tannery.

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