HOW TO SHORTEN A ZIPPER

COIL STYLE ZIPPER:

1. Determine the final length you want the zipper to be.
At the top end of the zipper, place a mark at this measurement (Mark #1).
Place another mark (Mark #2) 1" above Mark #1.

2. With the zipper pull below Mark #1, trim both sides of the zipper at Mark #2.
Using a match or candle, sear the raw edges of the zipper tape to prevent raveling.

3. Finishing the end:

METHOD #1: Between Mark #1 and Mark #2, using nail clippers or
scissors, remove the zipper teeth being careful not to cut into the fabric
portion of the zipper tape. Remove any small plastic parts remaining
in this area.

a. Remove the two top stops from the zipper pieces that were removed
in step 2 (if this is not possible because the zipper stops are plastic or if
you are unable to remove them go on to step b.) Reattach the stops on the
zipper placing each over the first few teeth (or if this is not possible as close
to the top tooth as possible). Using a pair of pliers, crimp each in place.
The zipper is now ready to be installed.

If the zipper stops are plastic, or if you are unable to remove them,
go to the next step (b).

b. To keep the zipper pulls from coming off, stitch across the top few zipper
teeth on both sides of the zipper tape, using a tight zig-zag stitch and
stitching in place numerous times. (NOTE: set the zig-zag stitch width
wide enough so that the needle passes freely across the teeth).
The zipper is now ready to be installed.

METHOD #2: At Mark #1, fold the extra 1" portion of the zipper tape
toward the bank and slightly off to the side of the zipper.
Pin.
Stitch to secure the folded edge in place.
The zipper is now ready to be installed. 

TOOTH STYLE ZIPPER:

METHOD #1: Follow steps 1 through 3a above and if necessary Method 2
below. [NOTE: in removing the zipper teeth on a tooth, zipper pliers may
be used to pull the teeth off. Also, when reattaching the top stops, place the
stop immediately above the top tooth, not over it.]

METHOD #2: At mark #1, fold the extra 1" portion of the zipper tape toward
the back and off to the side of the zipper immediately above the last tooth,
making certain there is no space. Pin in place. Stitch to secure the folded
edge in place. 

The zipper is now ready to install.

Don't want to do this yourself?
Use Zipper Shipper's shortening service!

On any zipper page, simply specify the length to which the zipper should be shortened.



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