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Buying and Measuring a Zipper
Measure the area you want to insert a zipper.

Measure the area you want to insert a zipper.

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Zippers come in a wide variety of lengths but they are not always the perfect length for what you want to create or for what you are sewing. It is very rare for ready made garments to have the same size zipper that would match what is available for home sewing. Shortening a zipper for it to fit is not a hard task.
  • Shortening a zipper does not mean you have to have zipper teeth poking into your skin on garments.
  • Always a buy a zipper that is longer than you need if the perfect length is not available.
  • Measure the area you want to insert the zipper in to.

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