The life and times of a Mother, Derby Girl and ADD crafter.
Tutorial: How to shorten a zipper
Last week while working on replacing a zipper on a skirt for a girl that I work with, I made a startling realization....
The zipper that I had bought for said skirt was too long. Like, 2 inches too long.
Now this may not be a startling realization to some, but for me, it was horrifying. My brain went into overdrive thinking about where I left the receipt and what store did I buy it from?
Some slightly more intelligent part of my brain recalled my grandma mentioning that she had shortened a zipper that she'd bought a few weeks ago. This being about 10pm that night, I decided it would be in poor taste to call my poor, sweet grandma asking about zippers so to Google I ran.
I found a couple of super easy tutorials on youtube and was able to piece together a suitable method:
First: Measure youre opening to see how long the zipper needs to be (remember, do not cut it at the end of your opening or it will be too short. I made mine about an inch below to give some wiggle room).
Please pardon my suck-y pictures...
Yeah, WAY too long (thats what she said.... sorry couldnt help myself)
Second: Take a straight needle and matching color thread and make a simple whip stitch (going in from one side of the zipper, over the zipper, and down the other side)
Up and over
Third: continue doing this over and over and over until you have a little mass of stitches. This is the new "stopper" for the zipper pull. I also put a dab of hot glue over the stitches for good measure.
My lovely new "stopper" (before the hot glue)
Slightly better picture. You can see the stitches.
Finally: Snip off the excess beneath the new "stopper" and sew into your garment!
Thats it! After working myself into a frenzy, it took me about 15 minutes from start to finish to fix.