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Separating zipper
Zipper doesn't separate
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Date: 1/15/10 9:33 AM

I'm trying to put a separating zipper in a jacket I'm making for my husband. The zipper I bought is a Coats and Clark "dual separating
parka zipper". My problem is I can't figure out how to separate it.
It has two pulls on it but does not separate at the top or the bottom.
The teeth separate, but not the stops and either end. What am I missing? What good is a separating zipper that doesn't completely separate?
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Date: 1/15/10 9:39 AM

Both stops need to be at the same end (bottom) to separate a parka zipper. Is that the problem?

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Date: 1/15/10 10:29 AM

This sounds like a purse zipper which will open in either direction but not separate completely. Was it labeled when you got it? Unfortunately, it sounds like you need a different zipper for your jacket.

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Date: 1/15/10 10:59 AM

Sound more like a luggage/purse zipper than a true jacket separating zipper. Do you still have the packaging?

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Date: 1/15/10 11:40 PM

I sounds like a seperating zipper that has a dual slider. You need to slide the top pull down to the bottom pull, push them together so they act like 1 slider and see if they seperate. seperate

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Date: 1/15/10 11:58 PM

This is such a coincidence. I was going through the exact same thing last night. Yes, you have to have both pulls at the bottom and they will slide right out. I had convinced myself that it wouldn't unzip and the bottom, but it will.

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Date: 1/16/10 1:47 AM

Since this thread is already called separating zippers, I had a problem tonight maybe someone could help me with. I decided to add one to a top I'm making. I could find directions all day long on how to add the zipper if I wanted it to show. However, I couldn't find directions or a tutorial anywhere on-line or even in any of the large selection of books I already own on how to put in a separating zipper if I didn't want it to show. I tried to think, think, think this one through on my own, but I was at a complete loss. I did imagine that the facing would have to be a bit narrower so as not to cover the back of the zipper the way I want the front of the zipper covered. Does any of this make sense?

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Date: 1/16/10 5:20 AM

Yes, when I put both pulls at the bottom it separates. Thank you all so much. I just knew I'd get help here.

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