COIL STYLE ZIPPER:
1. Determine the
final length you want the zipper to be. At the top end of the zipper place a mark
at this measurement (Mark #1). Place another mark (Mark #2) 1" above Mark #1.
With the zipper pull below Mark #1 trim both sides of the zipper at Mark #2. Using a
match or candle sear the raw edges of the zipper tape to prevent raveling.
Finishing the end:
METHOD #1: Between Mark #1 and Mark #2, using nail clippers or scissors remove the
zipper teeth being careful not to cut into the fabric portion of the zipper tape.
Remove any small plastic parts remaining in this area.
a. Remove the two top stops from the zipper pieces that were removed in step 2 (if
this is not possible because the zipper stops are plastic or if you are unable to remove
them go on to step b.) Reattach the stops on the zipper placing each over the first
few teeth (or if this is not possible as close to the top tooth as possible). Using
a pair of pliers crimp each in place. The zipper is now ready to be installed.
If the zipper stops are plastic or if you are unable to remove them go to the next step
b. To keep the zipper pulls from coming off stitch across the top few zipper teeth
on both sides of the zipper tape, using a tight zig-zag stitch and stitching in place
numerous times. (NOTE: set the zig-zag stitch width wide enough so that the needle
passes freely across the teeth). The zipper is now ready to be installed.
At Mark #1 fold the extra 1" portion of the zipper tape toward the bank and slightly
off to the side of the zipper. Pin. Stitch to secure the folded edge in
place. The zipper is now ready to be installed.
TOOTH STYLE ZIPPER:
Follow steps 1 through 3a above and if necessary Method 2 below. [NOTE: in removing
the zipper teeth on a tooth zipper pliers may be used to pull the teeth off. Also,
when reattaching the top stops place the stop immediately above the top tooth not over
At mark #1 fold the extra 1" portion of the zipper tape toward the back and off to
the side of the zipper immediately above the last tooth, making certain there is no
space. Pin in place. Stitch to secure the folded edge in place.
The zipper is now
ready to install.