How to Shorten Length of Metal Zipper
To install a zipper in pants or a skirt sometimes it needs to be shortened. To shorten the nylon zippers 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.
For shortening a zipper you need have a few of tools. In addition to the pliers (wire cutters) you will need a screwdriver, ruler, pencil, and scissors.
Take small flat screwdriver and remove the top zipper stop from strip, as shown.
Be careful, the screwdriver may slip off and damage your fingers.
Do not dispose away these stoppers.
Now you need mark the new length on your zipper. Over this line you need to add a seam allowance 1/2.
Next you can cut the tape of zipper with usual scissors.
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).
The metal teeth come off one at a time; do not try two at a time.
Now you need place a zipper stopper on the fabric tape.
Note: In this tutorial we deliberately did not shorten the second side of zipper.
The original zipper stopper 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.
Put back the top stops back onto the zipper strip. Set the stopper close to the upper tooth and crimp it.
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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