How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper

If the length a zipper is too long you can shorten it. Let's learn way of shortening an invisible zipper for skirt.

How to insert a zipper in the skirt can be viewed in Tutorial how to make a pencil skirt.
Helpful tips you can find also in this post How to make waistband with buttonhole.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 1

There are some different types of zippers: a regular zipper and invisible zipper, metal zipper with metal teeth and regular zipper with plastic teeth etc. Shortening each of them has their features and differences. In one post is impossible to consider all features therefore let's learn how to short most popular type of zipper - an invisible zipper for skirt or dress.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 2

The extra length will be removed from the top or bottom of the zipper tape. We will to cut tape from bottom end. First you need mark with pencil for fabric where you will be cut a tape.
Note: the length of a zipper for skirt or dress is measured from the top stoppers to the bottom stopper.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 3

For cutting an invisible zipper better use big-size scissors.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 4

Using sewing machine make here a few stitches perpendicular to the tape and direct over the teeth. Be careful during sewing, may be will better to sew this by hand. Now you can sew a zipper but there is one problem.
The cut portion of the tape and the teeth of zipper will irritate your skin or leave the tightening on lingerie and nylon stockings. I offer my own easy way solve this problem.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 5

First, you need to cut such small strip from the excess piece of zipper.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 6

Trim off the excess zipper tape one segment 2.5 - 3 cm long.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 7

I'll show you this method in a simplified form. An experienced seamstress can fold the strip in half during sewing it to the edge of the zipper.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 8

Insert the zipper and strip under presser foot your sewing machine.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 9

Sew a line of straight stitches across the tape using at the beginning and end of sewing stitches reverse lever.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 10

Repeat this step again along the first line.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 11

This is final step of shortening the invisible zipper. Trim the irregularities of the edge a zipper, if required.

How to Shorten an Invisible Zipper, step 12

Now you can continue your sewing project!

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