In today’s article, guide and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to demonstrate for you the technique of shortening a zipper.
There may (and probably will) be occasions, when you simply cannot find, no matter how hard you hunt, the right length zipper for your sewing project.
In this fashion sewing demonstration below, I’ll show you a way, in which you can take your plastic teeth zippers, and with just a little bit of hand sewing, shorten them to your desired length.
But before we do, let’s make sure we’ve the right tools for the job!
How to Shorten a Zipper – The Tools
As with everything fashion sewing, to make our jobs that little easier, it’s of great importance to ensure we have the right tools for the technique we’re about to perform.
To shorten a zipper, you’ll need the following -
• A thimble
• Some thread
• A hand sewing needle
• A pair of paper scissors
• Your preferred measuring tool
• A marker pen
So as I hope you can see, there is no specialist equipment necessary and I’m sure most of us will have these basic tools to hand already.
And if we’re all set to go -
How to Shorten a Zipper with Colleen G Lea
I do hope you’ll find the following video tutorial of use.
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How to Shorten a Zipper – Written Instruction
1 – Lay your zipper onto a flat surface with the zipper closed.
2 – Place a measuring tool onto the tape of the zipper against the teeth. Measure from the top of the slider, down to the required length.
3 – Make a mark on the tape.
4 – Double thread your needle and put a knot at the end. Place the thimble on your finger.
5 – Pull the needle through the wrong side of the zipper tape at the point at which the mark has been made. Whip stitch around the zippers teeth approximately 10 times. Finish off the stitch with a knot on the wrong side.
6 – Cut the zipper about 2cm’s – 1/2inch from the whip stitch. You’ve now created a new size zipper, ideal for your sewing project.
If you have any questions relating to this, or any other fashion sewing technique, then please do get in touch.
It’s always a pleasure to hear from each and every one of my readers.
Happy fashion sewing
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