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« on: February 22, 2004 02:59:29 PM »

I purchased a bunch of zippers at a thirt store for $0.25 and now I want to use them.  

Unfortunately, the patterns I am using require smaller zippers.

Has anyone cut down a zipper to be the right size?

If so, can you share with the group how to do that?


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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2004 03:46:47 PM »

Shortening zippers is the easiest part of zippers, and the only thing I can talk about that I really know! Mainly because I shorten the zippers successfully, and then i try to sew them, and then i throw it away in frustration.

Basically you just measure the zipper to the length you want it, and then hand stitch around and around that area, and cut off the bottom!

These diagrams are very useful.

There is a way to do it when you actually move the stopper, but its very complicated, and this method is the easier.

Here are some other useful links about zippers!


zippers and home decorating: http://www.clotildessewingsavvy.com/pages/item_page.php?_id=60

« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2004 03:49:11 PM »

yes you can.  all you do is make a mark over the zipper for where you want it to end.  then you get out the needle thread & sew over the zipper several times.  

here's the directions from my zipper package:

measure the desired length.  whip-stitch tightly across the coil 8-10 times using a double strand of thread.  cut the zipper 1/2" below the stitches.  install the zipper.

hope that helps!!
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2004 04:01:31 AM »

 Tongue I use the same brand of zippers...

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2004 05:28:20 PM »

if you happen to be using a separating zipper, you can shorten them by trimming them a half inch to inch longer than you need (at the top of the zipper) and then rip the teeth out in the half inch to inch that you don't need with plyers. metal teeth are easier to rip out than plastic.

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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2004 08:04:32 PM »

if you happen to be using a separating zipper, you can

Is this the coat like zipper?

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2004 10:02:36 PM »

seperating zippers are ones where the two halves come totally apart when you unzip, like on coats and sweatshirts.

 seperating zippers are often metal and it is a big pain to shorten them because you have to rip out the metal teeth, like someone said.  i almost poked my eye out once doing that.  it can also be really hard to put the stopper back on the bottom of the zipper, so i recommend shortening from the top and catching the fabic in a seam.

good luck!
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