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Converting Separating Zippers to Close-End
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Date: 4/7/14 8:03 PM

I am thinking I would bar-tack the end of the separating zipper (by hand or machine... I have metal so I think by hand would be the most forgiving)?

Or is that the wrong method or not possible?

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Date: 4/8/14 2:24 AM

That would work. I would do it with hand needle with some strong thread and not just in one little bar tack though, maybe up and covering at least 1/4 of an inch of zipper teeth or so, and getting my hand needle in there real tight and close to all the teeth and between them even. And only cut the end of of it off after that. I have not bothered to ever do that to a separating zipper, but that's just because they normally cost so much more than a non separating one it has not seemed worth it to me, as I would probably save the separating one for something I wanted it to separate in, as non separating zippers are so much cheaper. But, there is something to be said for being thrifty in the other way also, and just using what you already got too.

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Date: 4/8/14 7:31 AM

I put the stitch length at zero and the zigzag wide enough to miss the zipper teeth. Stitch several a times to make a bar tack.

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Date: 4/8/14 10:09 AM

I do this often, because I have separating zippers that I want to use up.
1. Zip up
2. Cut bottom off to length you want plus 3/4"
3.Use plyers, and remove the teeth from the 3/4", where you cut.
4. If you have a stop piece ( shaped like a "U" with teeth) place at the bottom of the last tooth.
Place a piece of fabric over the end. I use a piece of wide twill tape, or bias tape or the fabric from the item I am putting the zipper in, and stitch close to the teeth.

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Date: 4/8/14 10:13 AM

I like Pamela's use of twill tape or fabric -- practical and pretty! Also, if you do the bar tack, put some FrayBlock or FrayCheck on the stitching just for insurance.


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