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How to Shorten a Zipper

How to Shorten a Zipper

How to Shorten a Zipper. A plastic zipper that is too long can be shortened by sewing stitches to form a new bottom stop, then cutting the excess zipper below that point.

A plastic zipper that is too long can be shortened by sewing stitches to form a new bottom stop, then cutting the excess zipper below that point.
Things You'll Need
Zipper
Tape measure
Pencil
Sewing machine
Thread
Scissors
Shortening a Zipper
With the zipper closed, measure from the top of the teeth down to the point where you want your zipper to stop. Mark the point with a pencil.
Set your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch, wide enough to stitch over the coil of the zipper.
Stitch over the zipper at your pencil mark, taking a few stitches forward and a few back, three or four times. Cut the long threads.
Cut across the zipper half an inch below your stitches using scissors.
Tips & Warnings
Test the width of your zig-zag stitch before sewing over the zipper, as sewing into the coil can damage the needle.

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