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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2004 05:42:47 PM »

i finally figured it out!!  i made a turtle change purse w/ zipper & lining & all the pics!!!  click here for zipper help  Grin
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2004 07:15:18 AM »

Where can i find zippers smaller than 7 in.? for like coin purses, little pouches,etc.

« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2004 07:45:37 AM »

Hmm I don't think I've ever seen short little zippers in a store.  You might be able to find them online.  www.zipperstop.com says "no minimum order" so you might email them and see what they say.

You can easily shorten an existing zipper, though.  Just hand-sew a new "stop" at the bottom, with sturdy thread, at the length you desire, and cut off the extra.  Voila!

Here's a page with a more complex method:

Good luck!



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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2004 08:24:43 AM »

Hancock Fabrics online has some 5" and 6" jeans zippers.  I've bought some short ones at Joanne Fabrics in the store.  

Homesew.com has 4", 5" and 6" zippers
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2004 11:46:55 PM »

i noticed there are a lot of zipper posts in this forum, but i didn't see one pertaining HOW to install a zipper.

but i'm completely cluless!  i'm trying to put one into a bag like in jordy's flat-bottomed purse tutorial (i.e. in a lined bag where the strap and zipper would be added before the bag is sewn and inside out?).  but i have no idea how to go about it.  if anyone is handy with a zipper and wouldn't mind posting some diagrams, i would love them forever.

p.s. i also hand-sew everything, so though a machine zipper tutorial would be appreciated (i can always try to use that scary ancient thing cowering in the corner!) i would like a hand-sewing method even better Wink
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2004 06:24:12 AM »

The best luck I've ever had, and it still wasn't perfect, was:
1 Put fabric right sides together
2 baste a seam where you want to place the zipper
3 Iron the seam from the back, open the seam allowance
4 place zipper face down and pin
5 sew one side
6 sew other side
7 take out basting

Hope this makes sense and helps, I'm not very good at tutorials.

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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2004 01:16:10 PM »

excuse me for the blatant stupidity i am about to exhibit:

-what does "basting a seam" mean?
-what does "seam allowance" mean?

(i'm really totally new to sewing...)
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2004 01:38:30 PM »

basting is when you hand stitch some things together really quickly - ie. with far apart stitches.  You're doing this just to hold the items in place while you sew them for real.

The seam allowance is the extra bit of fabric on the  "wrong" side of the seam.  When you're cutting out fabric, you don't cut it exactly the size you want the finished piece to be, you make a seam allowance so that you have a place to sew.
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2004 01:50:55 PM »

I have recently had my first adventures with zipper installation, and I noticed a few things:
- the zippers I bought had a sort of raised line in the tape part where you should be stitching
-to do something like this:
put the right side of the zipper against the right side (outside of the bag) of the fabric and sort of line up the edges.  Then pin the *top* half of the zipper to the fabric and sew it on.  But before you sew it on, turn it right side out and check that you've got it right.  I had a couple of errors where I would have had the zipper pull on the inside of the bag, and ripping out something you've just sewn is never fun.
Once you've sewn on one side of the zipper, do the same with the other side, and the other piece of fabric (or the other end of the same piece if you're making the above pouch).  Again, check after you've pinned and before you've sewn to make sure it is going to be right.

I found working with zippers really confusing for some reason, but the finished project was well worth it.
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2004 07:59:04 PM »

here's a thread where i show how to install a zipper.  there's pictures.  it's a turtle bag, but a zipper w/ lining in the bag is involved.  good luck!!

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