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christinem
« on: March 24, 2009 04:25:29 PM »

I just seam ripped out several zippers and a whole lot of buttons to re-use.  It was really difficult to remove the zippers from the cargo pants.  I think a lot of glue was involved with the assembly.  I tried using a rotary cutter instead of a seam ripper, which helped, but didn't make the task easy.

Any suggestions? 

I accidentally cut one zipper short.  Another one,which I suspected of being cheap, really was, and fell apart in my hand.

The buttons were no trouble.  Are zippers not worth it?

tia
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Bubbleparty
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009 05:29:18 PM »

I'm lazy when it comes to that, as well. But, zippers are mildly expensive and its so hard to find the one you want. Honestly, I end up just not using zippers whenever i can.

But what I do is cut around the zipper and save it. That way, if I want to use it some day, I can, but I don't go through the trouble taking it apart and never using it.
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jencling
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009 11:28:29 AM »

I recently saw some funky jewelry made with zippers...i'm sorry but I can't remember the site.  There was a necklace with twisted zippers sewn together...way cool.
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pennyd
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009 05:40:08 AM »

I found that a pair of these works better than a seam ripper.
http://sewtrue.com/Store/Wiss-Industrial-Thread-Clips-P480.html

Someone showed me a trick to take things apart faster. Find the side that the stitching is easiest to see and get at. Clip about every 4th or 6th stitch. Depending on how it is sewn you can usually pull the whole thing apart then or do so with minimal thread clipping as you pull it apart. You also lower the risk of cutting into something, I have had problems with that with seam rippers.
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