Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 3! Win Coats & Clark Zippers!

zippers   Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 3! Win Coats & Clark Zippers!Good morning! Thanks for joining Day 3 of 13 Days of Giveaway! The winner from yesterday’s post is Dora N! Please be sure to check your inbox for instructions on how to get your prize.

Thank you to all for helping us celebrate Sew it All Season 7 which will air in March. We’re so excited for this season with so many great tips, techniques and sewing talent. And, every day you enter in the 13 Days of Giveaways you’ll be automatically entered to with the Grand Prize, a copy of Sew it All TV Season 6 on DVD!

In our new season we bring you Stacy Schlyer of Stacy Sews. She’ll show you how to make a great zipped toiletry bag and how to use different interfacings in your sewing projects.

DSC 0409 300x200  Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 3! Win Coats & Clark Zippers!Putting in a zipper for any project will be even more fun with this colorful specialty zipper pack from Coats & Clark. To win these awesome zippers, answer the question below in the comments section.  What is your favorite way to install a zipper?

And, after sewing up a bag, make a wallet with Mark Montano and Ellen in “Wallet Wise” where Mark and Ellen make a fun wallet with oilcloth and simple embellishments. Find full instructions for Mark’s episode, and all past episodes, at

montano pg photo 450 300x200  Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 3! Win Coats & Clark Zippers!Check on March 1st for a sneak peek at all 13 episodes, including full instructions and free patterns! And check back tomorrow to hear the winner of today’s prize, plus another great prize and a sneak peek into another new episode!

Don’t forget to check to find when your local station airs Sew it All. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All, email or call them to request it!  On each episode, host Ellen March brings you a guest from the sewing world and demonstrates a fun project or shows a valuable technique. Plus, check out anytime of the week to watch past shows or purchase DVD’s from


  Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 3! Win Coats & Clark Zippers!

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104 Responses to Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 3! Win Coats & Clark Zippers!

  1. Judith Martinez says:

    I like a standard zipper insertion using my zipper foot.

  2. Anna Pry says:

    I’ve never used a zipper yet!

  3. Diane Walker says:

    My favorite way to install a zipper is to baste the seam, then use double sided tape to hold the zipper in place. Very easy using this method.

  4. DianeY says:

    I love installing them in bags the most. They seem so much easier. In clothing, I always like the results best if I baste them first.

  5. Denise/Folsom,Calif. says:

    My favorite way??? Using a zipper foot and going for it!

  6. I enjoy sewing in zippers. I have 3 wallets I’m making and they really jazz them up. I’ve been sewing for over 40 years and the changes that have occurred are awesome. The bright bold colors that are now available makes sewing with zippers enjoyable.

  7. Christine Brown says:

    I’m not a fantastic zipper installer, I sure could use more lessons.

  8. Michelle McDonald says:

    I found that if I put the zipper in first, the rest of my project goes a lot smoother. Requires some adjustment in thinking but the results work with all kinds of zippers.

  9. Love, love, love zippers! I especially like to switch them around and make color combinations of all sorts!

  10. jeny says:

    I have a very cool double-ended Viking zipper foot; it makes zipper installation a lot easier!

  11. Debbie says:

    I like to install conventional (centered) zippers.

  12. Ellee says:

    I like using invisible zippers when making pillowcases. For totebags I like large zippers that add nice detail to the design of the bag.

  13. Sherry S says:

    My favorite way to instal a zipper is to look at 4 or 5 different tutorials online, baste stitch it in, check it, rip it out – or don’t rip it out and yjrm sew it in with shorter stitches – depending on if it went in okay or not.

  14. Kathleen says:

    I love using different techniques. Lately been using my collection of zippers for in the hoop cosmetic bags. Design elements is another interesting feature for using zippers

  15. tina says:

    Wonder tape certainly makes putting in easier. Also I have learner tonopen the zipped as I go. Thanks for having the giveaways.

  16. Judi Haines says:

    I used the lapped method my mother taught me 40 years ago.

  17. Carol Adams says:

    Need zippers for more bags.

  18. Anna Nusbaum says:

    Two tips I have — use a zipper longer than you need (to get the bumpy thing out of the way of the zipper foot) and scotch tape to hold the pesky thing in place.

  19. Roxy Antony says:

    The easiest way I can for the project

  20. Pam says:

    I confess I only know one way to install a zipper. (I’ll have to watch the show :) ) Pin it securely and use a zipper foot, sew slowly while removing pins, and double stitch over the ends. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Those zippers just make me swoon!

  21. Ilene Miller says:

    I don’t mind putting in a zipper and use them quite a bit for my bags.

  22. Jenniffer Howling says:

    I have finally learned to love zippers now that I have learned how to put them in.

  23. I hate zippers, well, putting them in. Always did. But I am running out and could use some more for sure! I’m getting a whole lot better at putting them in.

  24. Charlotte Trabue says:

    Love putting zippers in everything, dresses, bags, and I been making bags out of vinyl and putting zippers in them. Would love to win the zippers!

  25. Jan Brannan says:

    Zippers require a bit of practice and a few tricks. I love putting zippers in bags and purses.

  26. jackie says:

    I like the invisible zippers and I love making bags with zippers. Would love to win this collection of great zippers. Jackie

  27. Angie says:

    Anyway that looks good! Would love to do more fun projects with these zippers…..they look awesome!!!

  28. Jean Ruefer says:

    Awesome zippers!

  29. Hermina McNeill says:

    Center zipper application is easiest for me.

  30. Marymartha Rose says:

    Just getting it in and looking good is my only method.

  31. Donna Tomlinson says:

    I like the flat application used in making lined zipper bags.

  32. Karen says:

    Using my zipper foot! So easy! I love making cosmetic bags and I go through zipper phases where I do projects only with zippers. I have also tried the plastic zipper attachment for my machine and that makes the zipper go in nice and evenly.

  33. LOve zippers not only for items but to make flowers for pins. All sizes all colors, just love them all

  34. Katherine S says:

    I don’t have a favorite way to install a zipper, just a couple of tips regardless of whether it is a lap, centered, fly or invisible installation. Always stitch each side the same direction (start at the top and stitch down or start at the bottom and stitch up but do both sides the same). Pin or baste the zipper before you stitch. Don’t use the tiniest stitch length you have available–zippers do fail and it’s the pits to tear out one that has been stitched with tiny stitches.

  35. Penny says:

    Lapped method. Don’t care for centered zippers in clothing.

  36. Sharon Thomas says:

    When I was in my teens, it was my job to replace the broken zippers on everyone’s pants. With both parents, me and 3 younger brothers, it kept me quite busy.

  37. Evelyn says:

    I’ve been working on lots of zipper pouches and I know can install the zippers with ease. I lay the zipper down and place edge of fabric on top (right side of fabric facing zipper) and sew along the border stopping half inch from end of fabric. Repeat on other side. Press ans top stitch. Easy!

  38. pat facemire says:

    I am just getting back to sewing, so I haven’t attempted a zipper for years. I’d probably baste first.

  39. Kelli says:

    Favorite way to install a zipper is never having to! They intimidate me to no end…

  40. Donna N. says:

    I sewed for a ballet company and we did it quick and dirty. Just folded fabric next to zipper teeth and sew down across and back up the other side. They had to be able to get in and out of the costumes fast without catching any fabric so there was no covering of the teeth of the zipper. Now I have to rethink putting in zippers for regular clothing.

  41. Eileen Seiter says:

    once i discovered fusible stay tape and started using that to secure a zipper before sewing in place, putting a zipper became so much easier for me….so THAT is my favorite way to install a zipper now….a lot less cussing when i sew ;)

  42. Laura says:

    Favorite way? Hmm…. Anyway that makes it look decent. Invisible zippers are the babe of my existence and something I want to get better at.

  43. Marthie says:

    Just love these zippers and would love to win it. Dont get them here we I live.

  44. Robbin E Dillon says:

    I learned to put in zippers when I was in 4-H – I think I must have been 9 years old…. sew the seam shut, baste the zipper in the center of the pressed open seam allowances – then stitch the zipper in place – I’ve been sewing for 48 years now…. which is confusing, ‘cuz I’m sure I’m only 39!!

  45. Peggy A. says:

    Love zippers and can’t wait to see the new season!

  46. Zippers and I get along very well, except for the invisible ones. You would think after sewing zippers into everything from men’s trousers to bridal gowns over the past 67 years, I’d have it down pat. But those invisible ones get me every time.

  47. mary mac says:

    Zippers may not be my favorite to work with. So I have learned to make flowers with them.

  48. Deena says:

    Anywhere the grand kids want one. Which can be very be very interesting.

  49. Brenda Sutton says:

    I use this system: basting the seam, centering the zipper over the seam, sewing the zipper, then taking out the basting stitches.
    Thanks for the giveaway