How To Shorten Metal Zipper

how to shorten metal zipper
Unlike normal nylon zipper, you can’t cut and sew through metal zipper to shorten the length. Metal zipper has to be shortened by removing the excessive metal teeth so that you can cut the extra length before sewing to your project. With the correct length, you don’t have to worry that you might accidentally hit the metal teeth and break the needle when sewing across.

Get the tutorial how to shorten metal zipper after this jump:

I wish I have all the colors and sizes of metal zippers stock in my craft room or….. I stay next to a zipper store. In reality, I am not and I only stock a few for some lengths (4″, 8″, 14″ & 18″) in some most popular colors (white, beige, brown & green). I used this method to shorten all my metal zipper sewing projects, like this, this, & this… and many more to come.

Material:
1. Metal zipper

Tools:
1. Wire cutters or nippers
2. Pliers
3. Ruler
4. Pencil
5. Scissors or Pinking Shear

mark zipper lengthMark the new length on zipper. For this instance, I want to reduce my 4″ metal zipper to 3″.


remove top stop & teethCarefully remove the top stops from the zipper with wire cutter. Use the cutter tip to slightly ply open the top stop then remove it from the zipper.
Remove the teeth from the zipper by pulling them out one by one after ply open.
You may use nippers to remove the top stops and a stretch of zipper’s teeth in 1 pull which is a lot faster than pulling one by one, but, this method has a tendency to spoil the top stops. Use that method only if you have a pair of new top stops to put back after shortening.

remove teeth till markingRemove teeth until the marking or 1 tooth below the marking.


put back top stopsPut back the top stops and use a pair of pliers to crimp it back onto the zipper.
The shorter length of metal zipper is ready to be used for your next project.

I hope after reading this tutorial, you won’t hesitate any more with sewing a metal zipper on your project. I do understand how horrifying to hear a “sprungggg…” sound come out from your sewing machine while you are still pressing the paddle and guiding the zipper through the feed dog and presser foot, then you found that your needle tip disappeared and the needle crooked… scary, right!!! I experienced it before, so I know how you feel about needle breakage on your sewing machine.

Happy Sewing!!!!

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  1. Super util!!! aprendi algo nuevo hoy dia!!!
    Muchas gracias!!!!!
    Besos

    Translation (by Google):
    Super useful! I learned something new today!
    Thank you very much !!!!!
    Besos

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  3. waoo..another nice & easy idea..thanks for sharing this!!
    a simple thing but useful :)

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  6. I love your zippers! Would you be willing to share the name of the store or company that you buy them from?

  7. I’m having a tough time shortening the zipper. I’m pulling the teeth out which is taking quiet a bit of force. I not able to pry the teeth or stops at the end open so that they pull off easier. Any tips/suggestions?

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  9. Dear Joanne, you know you could use RIT dye to dye your zipper tapes in any colors you wish? I do it on ribbons and nets.

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  11. I have had these instructions pinned for a year now, waiting until I had the nerve to try them. Why did I wait so long? I just shortened an 18″ zipper to be a 16″ zipper and it was easy as pie. Thank you for the instructions!!! Now I’m off to sew your Wide Open Zipper Case!

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