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How to Shorten a Zipper

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  Zippers don't always come in the exact size you need them. There may be times you will have to shorten a zipper, and here is how to do so.
 
 
       
 
close-up photo of zipper stopper Zippers come with zippers stoppers at the bottom. It is usually a small piece of metal that stops the zipper from opening further. If you need to shorten a zipper, you need to create your own zipper stopper.
  Thread a needle with double thread and tie a knot at the end. Where you want the zipper stopper to be begin stitching a whip-stitch around the zipper to create a mound of tightly sewn thread. Knot the end of the thread when you are done.
  Cut the end of the zipper below the zipper stopper you just created. Your zipper is ready to be sewn into your garment.
   
   

 

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