Here, I explain how to sew, then shorten, the separating zipper for our Hikaru variation. Since zippers very rarely come in the exact length you want, knowing how to shorten them is a necessity! When using a separating zippers, we adjust the length at the top of the zipper.

Technique Materials

separating nylon zipper, a project needing one's length changed (we are demonstrating on the Hikaru)

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    Mar 24, 2013, 06.26 AMby suzy2793

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    Sep 23, 2012, 09.07 PMby vmpyrchik

    I’ve been wondering this as well, but my concern is if the top stop of the zipper is gone, won’t that increase the likelihood of the zipper unzipping? Not a big deal on a jacket, but on a corset… EEEK!!! :) I know that the top stop is mainly there to keep from over-zipping, but some of them act as an anchor too.

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    Jul 1, 2009, 07.42 AMby marmota-b

    I’m wondering whether this would work with more bulky zippers as well… I want to refashion a huge jacket for myself and the zipper that comes with it is the bulky plastic type…

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    Mar 18, 2009, 08.41 PMby kristybiscuit

    Okay, I’ve been dying of curiosity to see how this works, and theclosetseamstress actually already posted a howto on this here which illustrates it much better. If you are worried about tidy ends, I believe this method only works when you have a facing (or a lining) along the seam at the top of the zipper, for example a neck edge facing where the zipper is at the back neck, or a waistline facing above the zipper on a skirt or pants. After you fold the zipper ends over, you flip the facing (or lining) over to the inside, where it covers and hids the ends of the zipper.

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    Mar 18, 2009, 12.15 PMby neane

    Yea… they pinned it at a right angle and cut off the excess but then what? if you were to sew it wouldn’t the stitch show in the front?

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    Mar 4, 2009, 07.48 PMby boho

    ^^ I was wondering the same thing!

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    Mar 4, 2009, 06.22 PMby kristybiscuit

    This is something I’ve been really wanting to know, but I still don’t get it! What happens between step 7 & 8 – how do you finish off the ends?

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