How to Shorten a Zipper By Hand

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Shorten Zipper By Hand

Did you ever have trouble finding the correct size zipper at the store? Or have zippers on hand that are to long?

Just shorten one!

The video and written instructions below will explain how easy it is to shorten a zipper with needle and thread.

Zipper shortening is complete! It is that easy!

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1. Determine how long you want the zipper. Zippers are measured from the zipper pull to the zipper stop.

2. Measure the zipper from the zipper pull and mark the tape at the desired length.

3. Double thread and knot a needle.

4. At the mark on the tape, bring the needle up from the back of the zipper and whip stich across the zipper teeth. Do this 4 or 5 times.

5. Secure the thread with a knot on the back of the zipper.

6. Cut the zipper and tape about 1 to 1 1/2 inches below the new zipper stop. IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE YOUR FABRIC SCISSORS BECAUSE CUTTING THE ZIPPER TEETH CAN DULL THE BLADE. And, if the zipper teeth are metal, carefully cut between the zipper teeth.

Zipper shortening is complete! It is that easy!

Shorten Zipper By Hand

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