According to Encarta, the zipper was invented in 1891 by Whitcomb L. Judson who patented it under the name "Clasp Locker or Unlocker". The clunky moniker held until 1926 when people started calling it the zipper. Ever since the toothy closer-upper appeared, it’s been an inspiration to designers everywhere.
Whether you buy a zipper at the fabric store or use a roll of zipper "tape", the steps for inserting a zipper are really very simple. You need a zipper foot for your sewing machine. This how-to shows you how to insert a home dec sort of zipper used in cushions, pillows and slipcovers. The zipper I am inserting here is 40" long and will be the back band or boxing on a window seat cushion.
What you need:
sewing machine with...