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How To Shorten A Metal Zipper

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

Is your zipper too long? Shorten it! It only take a couple of tools and a little bit of time to make it the perfect length for your project. Follow along with the steps below and you'll be a zipper-shortening pro in no time. Bookmark, save or print out the handy How To guide below.


WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Metal Zipper (the one you want to shorten)

  • End Nippers (also known as End Cutting Pliers)

  • Needle Nose Pliers


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When your zipper is too long, make it shorter with just a few steps.

STEP 1: MARK THE LENGTH

Measuring from the bottom of the zipper up, mark the new shorter length you'd like the zipper to be.


STEP 2: REMOVE EXCESS ZIPPER TEETH

Using your end nippers or needle nose pliers, pull off the zipper teeth above your desired length.


STEP 3: INSTALL ZIPPER TOP STOP

Once you have reached your desired shortened zipper length, install a new zipper top stop using your end needle nose pliers. WAWAK has a large selection of Zipper Top & Bottom Stops available in a variety of sizes and finishes.


STEP 4: REPEAT

Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other size of your zipper tape. TIP: Before you begin, count the number of zipper teeth you removed on the first side, then you'll know exactly how many to remove on this side.


STEP 5: REMOVE EXCESS TAPE

Cut off excess zipper tape as desired.


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Use this handy how to guide to learn how to shorten a metal zipper in just a few steps.


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