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Shortening of an open-ender zipper

Stitchwitch | Posted in General Discussion on

I need to insert an open-ended (seperating) zipper but I can only get it in a lenght of 16″instead of 12″. Can I just fold back the top of the coil at the required length, stitch it in place and cut the excess away? So in other word I’ll shorthen it rom the topn and not the bottom?

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  1. jjgg | | #1

    Yes

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Yes, you should shorten it at the top, not the bottom, where you need the special metal tips to start the glide onto the free half of the zipper.  However, you probably don't want to fold over the coils at the top; it will be very bulky. 

    Instead, using a hand needle and doubled thread, take several tacks across the coils at the top where you want the glide to stop; this may be 1/4" or so down from the top of the neckline, as the locking mechanism is in the center, not the top of the glide.  Then, using a needle nose plier (for metal coils) or utility scissors (for plastic coils), remove a few of the coils just above your new stop.  You can cut the zipper tape and fold the tape over smoothly without a big lump.

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