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Separating zippers - what length to buy (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Gigi Louis
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Posted on: 6/20/05 10:55 AM
This is something that came up in one of my classes recently. Most sewers will purchase a separating zipper in the length recommended by the pattern. I always suggest buying a zipper several inches longer than what the pattern calls for. If you have to lengthen the pattern or make a full bust adjustment (which also adds length over the bust) you will need a longer zipper. It's so disappointing when you realize that your zipper is a couple of inches too short.

BTW, I have a love/hate relationship with separating zippers. It's often difficult to find the correct length and color so I started stashing (some would say hoarding) them years ago. I have hundreds! Friends call me and send swatches when they can't find what they need in stores. :-O Whenever I see zippers in colors that will be useful to me I buy them - in the longest length possible. That way I always have extra length to work with if I need it and don't have to be concerned about patterns calling for odd sizes.
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melgosews said...
Gigi, I need to put in a separating zipper on a BWOF little fitted tank and had to purchase an extra extra long one, only other size was 7". I was shocked at the price. I was wondering if I could somehow insert it extra long and keep an extra 1" or so at the top and have it "T" on either side under the top facing. That way, when I have worn this top out I can re-use the zip without it being too short for my next project. Any thoughts?
6/20/05 1:23 PM
Gigi Louis said...
Well, you could, however, it would be kind of bulky in between the fabric and the facings so it wouldn't be my preference. Separating zippers shouldn't cost more than a few dollars so I don't usually reuse them.
6/20/05 1:27 PM
gabrielle said...
Gigi, some day, in your copious amounts of spare time, would you pretty please post a tip for attaching a different zipper pull to a separating zipper? I love that detail on the hoodies you've reviewed. :)
6/20/05 1:37 PM
Gigi Louis said...
Done!
6/20/05 1:54 PM
drsue said...
Hundreds of zippers???? You are so naughty!
6/21/05 9:04 PM

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