14 Aug 2009
August 14, 2009

The Invisible Zipper Foot


I sometimes get a call from someone who is trying to put an invisible zipper foot on their sewing machine and for the life of them, can’t figure it out. A picture is worth a thousand words so…… Let’s take it one step at a time!

When you purchase Coats Invisible Zipper Foot, it has a red, yellow and blue shank and a white presser foot. One of the three shanks will fit your machine. It will most likely be the red or yellow. The blue fits very old machines that thread left to right, instead of front to back. We will look at the red and yellow. First you must determine which fits your machine.

Begin by removing EVERYTHING from the presser bar. If your presser foot snaps on, you will remove it and the shank (the metal piece connecting the presser foot to the presser bar). Your presser bar should be “naked”! You are now ready to determine if you have a low or high shank machine.

Measure from the set screw to the throat plate. If your machine measures 1/2 inch, use the red shank. If your machine measures 1″, use the yellow shank with the ‘X’ down. If your machine has a slant-needle, use the end of the yellow shank without the ‘X’.




Slide the white presser foot onto the rectangle on the front of the shank.

Attach the shank to the presser bar, using the set screw. It may be necessary to take the screw off of the presser bar to position the shank.







Lower presser foot. The bottom of the presser foot should rest on the feed dogs. If it is too high, some adjustment can be made by loosening the set screw and shifting the shank down slightly. This is why the opening for the screw is ‘U’ shaped.

Shift the white presser foot so that the needle is centered over the hole. Test to make sure the needle goes through the hole when you turn the hand wheel and that the needle clamp clears the presser foot. In the picture below, the needle clamp is hitting the presser foot. You would not be able to use the invisible zipper foot on this machine.

The Coats Invisible zipper foot is a generic foot that fits most machines but not all. Many sewing machine manufacturers offer an invisible zipper foot in their presser foot options. These work nicely with the smaller coil of the Coats Invisible Zipper.

An invisible zipper can be installed with a regular zipper foot. The blog, Sew Serendipity, has an excellent tutorial.

Invisible zippers are quite easy to install and many sewing enthusiasts agree with me, they are actually easier than regular zippers. I like that there is no topstitching! Instructions for installing Coats Invisible Zippers are included in the zipper package. Instructions can also be found on Sewing.org.

About the Author

Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

68 Responses to The Invisible Zipper Foot
  1. This is great information!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    (Link will go live at 11:30 CST)

  2. Great tutorial. I was ready to give up using this foot until finding your instructions. Thank you so much.


  3. I am such a starter and know almost nothing about sewing, but I have passion about sewing and am so eager to learn, by myself. Thanks for the detailed tips to guide me through easily.


  4. I too am a beginner and greatly appreciate you posting this… It encouraged me to attempt it, successfully.


  5. It would have been helpful to know which brands of machines this will work with.

  6. The difficulty is, even within a brand of machines, there are many different models and if you factor in all of the machines that have been produced over the years that are still being used, it becomes an impossible task. We are always happy to provide a refund if the foot doesn't fit your machine and you can't return it to the store. Our contact info is on our website.

  7. Fantastic! Helped me install the foot, unfortunately, I have never installed a zipper before. Now the foot is on, but I don't know what to do next! I appreciate the step by step instructions to install the foot! Very helpful! πŸ™‚


  9. Thanks a MILLION; the detailed instructions with the clear photos were VERY helpful!!

  10. Thank you this is just what I needed to finish up a dress!

  11. What would we do with out the internet?
    Bought the invisible zipper foot, brought it home, then said WHAT ??? when it came time to put it on my machine.
    These instructions are great. Thanks for the pictures as well.
    Now…. about hemming this dress! ha ha

  12. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. I was ready to burn my dress out of frustration, but now I have new hope;)

  13. I have been sewing for years, but have never used the Coats Invisible Zipper foot. Thank you for posting these instructions

  14. I would have never figured this out! Thank you!

  15. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!! I'm new to sewing although my mom is helping me learn. I bought this thing and was so pissed when I thought it didn't fit my machine. I did later buy another type of zipper foot which is even more complicated but at least it was only $3.

  16. Thanks a ton for posting this! I was one of those people who could not figure it our for the life of them. I was about to give up when I found this site.

  17. Thanks! You were right, I love it!

  18. Thank you for posting this – it's incredibly helpful. Sometimes traditional directions don't cut it. I'm practicing on an invisible zipper right now that I want to put into a lined skirt. If anyone has a good link to a demo or photoblog explaining the installation an invisible zipper and a liner, I would be most appreciative!

  19. Will the Coats Invisible Zipper Foot work on a Bernina Virtuosa 153?

  20. Our zipper foot cannot be used on Bernina's that have the one-piece presser foot. Check with your Bernina dealer for an invisible zipper foot for your machine. Bernina's invisible zipper foot works well with the size of our coil. Otherwise see the link above for installing using a regular zipper foot.

  21. None of the feet fit my Singer model 5062. Am I just out of luck???

  22. Thank you! That was really easy and I had not figured it out from the package!

  23. We recommend contacting Singer. Also, you can follow the tutorial on Sew Serendipity and install the zipper using a regular zipper foot

  24. THANK YOU!!! The C & C package directions are confusing and vague. Not only that, I needed a magnifying glass to read them. The information you posted is invaluable. Thanks again!

  25. Glad to have found these instructions. The set does not fit on my sewing machine though. Darn!

  26. THANKS A MILLION!!!! This is so helpful!!!

  27. I am a pretty experienced sewer, but am quite confused. I sew on a 51 year old Singer Featherweight that threads from right to left. I am not sure I can use even the blue shank. Please help! I am sewing my daughter's wedding dress!

  28. You can follow the tutorial on Sew Serendipity mentioned above. You would attach the blue shank in the same manner as your presser foot attaches to the pressure bar. Contact us directly through the 'contact us' option on our website http://www.coatsandclark.com and we will be happy to provide more assistance.

  29. Thank you for the photos! A picture really is worth a thousand words … especially in the case of a weird little invisible zipper foot. πŸ™‚

  30. Will this invisible zipper foot work on a Bernina 1008?

  31. Does this model have the one piece shank and foot that clips onto a short cone? If so, it will not fit. Bernina does make an invisible zipper foot that was designed to work with our zipper coil.

  32. I have a New Home Sewing machine and I am trying to put the invisible zipper foot on and the needled attachment hits the white part of the zipper attachment. My machine is about 20 yrs old. Can I use this attachment with my machine? Thanks for any help.
    Kathy Dean

  33. Unfortunately, if the needle box is hitting the foot, this will not work on your machine. There is a link in the blog post to a tutorial for installing the invisible zipper using the regular zipper foot.

  34. Any suggestions on how to get the shank off of the presser bar? Mine seems to be stuck, but not sure if it even is supposed to come off. It is a Singer 5825 ~ 15 years old.

  35. The best way to find out would be to contact a Singer dealer.

  36. Thank you so much for these directions. The ones on the package were so tiny, I was having problems reading them. I also didn't realize that I needed to attach the white to the red. Embarrassing since I used to do invisible zippers all the time 30 years ago!

  37. Wonderful description of the connections for the foot. Thank you for your simple explanations and photos. I'm so pleased to have found your blog.

  38. Thank you sooo much! Being a beginner at this I had no idea!

  39. I've been sewing for 33 years, and while I have inserted many zippers, I've never used an invisible zipper.

    I read the invisible zipper foot instructions on the package, and found your instructions to be the best! Thank YOU!

  40. Do you know if the invisible zipper foot fits on a Kenmore machine?

  41. I have to thank you so much for this post! You are so right a picture is worth a thousand words or more. I've been looking for days now on how to use this zipper foot. I figured it out with everything I read but I wanted a picture to make sure I was doing it right. This is the first one I've found that was worth anything. Again thank you I almost gave up on my dress!

  42. Hi great post, I have a Bush 988 and am having trouble finding a compatible foot.
    I rang my (soon to be) course tutor about invisible zipper feet and she said that they were not universal….do you think she meant normal zipper feet (which I have).
    Do you think this will fit, because this seems to be the only type available….Bush seem to not have any own brand accessories!

    Fun new hobby but does confuse a bit hehe

  43. I am an experienced seamstress. I do not care for invisible zippers. I can put in a hidden zipper w/o invisible zippers. But I have a friend who really prefers them and I am replacing one in an existing skirt so I purchased the Coat foot. I was ready to give it up until I decided to 'google it'. This is a new concept to me. I am not young and I thank you. The pkg. directions were not clear.

  44. How do you get the presser foot, the white piece, to stay put when sewing? (since it can move side to side while sewing)

  45. Thanks so much! The package does not tell what the white thing is, and I was completely befuddled. Now I’m not. πŸ˜‰

  46. How do you say thank you a thousand times?

    Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you!

  47. I spent a over an hour trying to figure out how to put the foot together with the shank. Thanks so much. Then you told us how to put the foot on the bar. Thanks!!!

  48. I do not feel odd to carry it, as it easily fits in the small bag of mine.

    Do you use a brand new, state of the art machine, or do you prefer a reliable antique Singer.
    Madeira Group, founder of the death of Rudolf Schmidt.

  49. They are mechanical sewing machine, electronic sewing machine, computerized sewing machine
    and overlocker sewing machines. It was dirty inside and out, rusty,
    and had two drawers missing but the cabinet was in good shape, so I paid him $50 and we loaded it
    up and took it home. Wen Mc – Grath (Vomag), chief engineer Robert Zahn,
    has developed a new automatic machine, far better than the other models on the market.

  50. I echo those above: a thousand thanks!

  51. Please show an example using the blue foot. It is unlike the red and yellow foot so it seems to attach differently.

  52. Thank you! I was so afraid the white piece was broken , since the part was not together. but the instructions and the picture of what they look like will really help.

  53. Many thanks for your article, very helpful! I have purchased a Janome concealed zipper foot but have no idea how it attaches, if I go and purchase the universal attachments noted above would this fit a Janome 2070?

  54. Thank you for this! I just got a new Brother sewing machine with snap-on feet and could not figure out how to assemble the plastic pieces I used to use on my old Singer. The pictures really helped.

  55. I have been attempting to use the invisible zipper foot on my Singer 6233, but am having some serious problems….the white “slide bar” keeps popping off the presser foot and my tension is messed up whenever I use the foot (too loose on top), but normal when I sew with my regular foot. And how do I know if I have a “slant-needle”?

  56. Thank you for the pictures – although I figured out how to use it before this came. I also have had a problem with the β€œslide bar” popping off and decided that since I will only be using the zipper foot on one machine (a Kenmore), I could glue it in place.

  57. This would have been very helpful had the auther gone further than simply mentioning the blue front mount shank. I have yet to find any other website to explain how to attach that one to an older-model sewing machine.

  58. The little plastic shank pipe that the foot slides across keeps coming any one have any ideas on how to stop it?

    • Unfortunately, this was a defect in some of the feet. We are happy to provide a replacement. Please call (800)648-1479 or fill out the Contact Us form on MakeItCoats.com

  59. Your instructions and clips on you tube were very helpful. I found the whole experience horrid and have returned the foot. 1)Foot kept moving along the white bar. 2) white bar fell off. 3) little info on how close (& what is to close) to get needle. BTW, my machine is in the shop getting fixed after this experience. Ba careful you don’t strip your threads like I did! Guess I’m a visible zipper gal…sigh


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