Learn to be an ace at installing all kinds of different zippers for a wide range of sewing projects

Installing a zipper can seem intimidating at first, but this class will help break down several different techniques for zipper installation. Zippers can be used in anything from garments to bags, and you will learn several different ways you can apply these installations methods.

What You'll Learn

You will make samples using these types of zippers:

  • Top zipper
  • Centered zipper
  • Zipper pocket
  • Invisible zipper
  • Exposed zipper
  • Lapped zipper


This class is for anyone who already knows how to sew, or the confident beginner who knows how to use a sewing machine and basic sewing techniques. If you're new to sewing, check out these options: Quick-Project workshops, Beginner Basics class, or the in-depth Intro to Sewing Course.

Materials to Bring

  • Thread
  • Your sewing machine, along with regular zipper and invisible zipper presser feet
  • All other materials will be provided


Public Class

At locations around Austin
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$45 / person
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Private Class

When and Where You Want
Starting Prices / Person:
1 = $35 / hour
2+ = $55 / person
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1 x 2 hour session


In the meantime, check out options for private sewing classes to learn how to make this project when and where you want.

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Private Group Classes
If this class isn't currently scheduled, or available at a time or place that's convenient for you, check out the private sewing class options. Ronkita Design classes can be scheduled as private classes for 1 person, or get even better rates for groups of 2 or more, and at a time and location that works best for you! Learn More

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Making a Lapped Zipper
A quick demonstration showing one of several techniques you'll learn in this class.

About the Instructor

Vanessa has 18+ years of experience teaching adults and children. She was an instructor at the Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. In addition to sewing, she has also taught art, English and grammar to children as young as two all the way through high school-aged kids. Her teaching experience extends overseas as well when Vanessa was in the Peace Corps and she taught grades 1-12, and ran clubs and summer camps. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is a full-time seamstress, working with clients on a wide variety of custom projects and production, that helps to keep her current with the latest sewing trends and technologies. She is also a machine service technician and has expert knowledge on a wide range of sewing machines. This experience is shared with her students by showing them how to properly use and maintain their sewing machine.

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Custom Sewing

Any of the items made in our classes can also be made custom for you. We specialize in creating custom clothing, decor, stuff for pets, and more.

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