How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper

The nylon zipper you can simply cut off the edge of the tape with scissors. If you need to shorten the length of metal zipper you should remove the excessive metal teeth using the wire cutters or pliers.
In this post you find tips to shorten zippers easily and simply.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 1

First, prepare the tools. In addition to the pliers (wire cutters) you will need a screwdriver, ruler, pencil, and scissors.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step

Take a flat screwdriver and remove the top zipper stop from strip, as shown.
Be careful, the screwdriver may slip off and damage your fingers.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 3

Do not dispose away this stopper.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 4

Now you need mark the new length on your zipper. Over this line you need to add a seam allowance 1/2.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 5

Now you can cut the tape of zipper with usual scissors.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 6

Start removing the metal zipper teeth. On one side of pliers there are sharp edges. Use them to remove the teeth (cut in half, or pull out).

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 7

The metal teeth come off one at a time; do not try two at a time.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 8

Now you need place a zipper stop on the tape.
Note: In this tutorial we deliberately did not shorten the second side of zipper.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 9

The original zipper stops may or may not come off the tape. In this case the stopper can be removed from the other zipper or can buy in packages of 50.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 10

Put back the top stops back onto the zipper strip. Set the stopper close to the upper tooth and crimp it.

How to Shorten the Length of Metal Zipper, step 11

Do not sew across the metal zipper on sewing machine. You can break the needle. Spend a little time and learn how to shorten length of metal zipper with this tutorial.

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