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Reader Tip: Fashion a Zipper Stop

Threads #205, Oct./Nov. 2019

I recently needed to shorten a separating zipper. With limited local resources and little patience to wait for an online order to arrive, I turned to my jewelry supplies for a solution. I found that cord end crimps worked perfectly as replacement zipper top stops. Simply use pliers to remove a few unwanted teeth at the top of the zipper. Then, cut or break off the circular part of the crimp, leaving a u-shaped metal piece. Put a touch of fabric glue on the zipper, and use pliers to bend the crimp in place. If desired, apply fingernail polish to blend in the crimp’s color.

—Diane McCauley, Ames, Iowa

This reader-submitted tip was featured in Threads #205, October/November 2019. Photo by Mike Yamin.


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  1. user-7527079 | | #1

    This is one of the smartest, sneakiest tricks EVER! Thanks for sharing it.

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