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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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drsue said... (6/21/05 9:04 PM) Reply
Hundreds of zippers???? You are so naughty!
Gigi Louis said... (6/20/05 1:54 PM) Reply
Done!
gabrielle said... (6/20/05 1:37 PM) Reply
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. :)
Gigi Louis said... (6/20/05 1:27 PM) Reply
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.
melgosews said... (6/20/05 1:23 PM) Reply
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?
 
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