SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fabulous Fit
Fabulous Fit

Forum > Beginner's Forum > purchasing zippers ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
purchasing zippers
OBX
OBX
North Carolina USA
Member since 4/23/10
Posts: 189
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

                                                     1 Replies



Date: 2/5/13 7:47 AM

When purchasing multiple zippers on sale, which size would be best to order? I'd like to take advantage of the invisible zipper sale at Wawak, but I'm unsure which size would give me the most options. How long is long enough? Can you shorten invisible zippers?
PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 8685
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



In reply to OBX

Date: 2/5/13 12:12 PM

I just saw Angela Wolf shorten an invisible zipper on It's Sew Easy.
Here is one of several you can find on the Internet.

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

"Isnít it a shame in todayís world you canít tell the truth. If you tell the truth youíre abrasive. If you lie youíre charming." - Bob Huggins/College Basketball Coach

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 8685
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

                                                     1 Replies



Date: 2/5/13 12:13 PM

As for choosing length, what size do you use the most.

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

"Isnít it a shame in todayís world you canít tell the truth. If you tell the truth youíre abrasive. If you lie youíre charming." - Bob Huggins/College Basketball Coach

OBX
OBX
North Carolina USA
Member since 4/23/10
Posts: 189
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

                                                     1 Replies



In reply to PattiAnnJ

Date: 2/5/13 12:20 PM

Thanks for the link on shortening zippers. As for length, I don't have a most often used size being a beginning garment sewer. Since they can be shortened, I'd prefer to have zippers that are too long rather than too short. I suppose a back zipper on a dress would be the longest I would use. Is there an average length for these?
aquamarineerica

aquamarineerica
Oregon USA
Member since 10/23/08
Posts: 324
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Send Message

      



Date: 2/14/13 12:40 PM

So far, with the dresses I've been making, the average zipper size is around 16" or 22", but I love the 22". Like you said, it's always easier to shorten.

------
Every day is a clean slate.
"Decisions are made by those who show up"...Allison Janney, The West Wing

clothingengineer
starstarstarstar
clothingengineer
Member since 5/7/10
Posts: 542
Skill: Advanced
Body Type:
Send Message

      



In reply to OBX

Date: 2/14/13 12:53 PM

This depends on your build and height. I sometimes have to add up to 2" to the waist length on dresses and since I'm pear shaped I like to extend the zipper even more so I can just step into the dress rather than have to pull it over my head. I also like to sew the bottom of the seam before installing the zipper, so I allow at least 1" extra for that. If I am making a dress that falls a few inches below the back of my neck or will be installed in a side seam then I get a 24" one, otherwise I get them in 30" and chop off the extra length. But if you're more petite or short waisted then 22-24" is plenty.
Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> purchasing zippers

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Leather 101
Leather 101

Class Details

Online Class
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro
10 Clever Techniques To Help You Sew Like a Pro

Class Details

Butterick 3886

photo
by: sassykat

Review
Victoria Jones Collection Pattern 205

Victoria Jones Collection Pattern 205

Pattern Details
SewBaby Clutter Catchers Pattern

SewBaby Clutter Catchers Pattern

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2016 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.