2 methods on how to finish zipper ends

2 methods on how to finish zipper ends

Our tutorial today is on how to finish zipper ends using the zipper tape. These two techniques can come in handy when you need to shorten a zipper. Read carefully and be sure to save this post. It’s definitely going to be useful.

First, shorten the zipper: measure the required length down from the top stop and add an extra 2−3 cm (about 1”) for finishing. Cut off the excess. Then, choose one of the two methods.

Method 1

  1. Cut off the zipper tape along the teeth on the zipper section that you’ve removed. Melt the edge with a lighter to prevent fraying.
  2. Place the zipper over the tape, 1 cm (3/8”) away from the edge, and cover the zipper with the other end of the tape. Trim any excess, leaving about 1 cm (3/8”) ends.
  3. Shape the tape piece into a ring and stitch at 1 cm (3/8”) from the edge.
  4. With the seam allowances facing in the opposite directions, turn the tape piece right side out.
  5. Put it onto the zipper end, overlapping the rigid part.
  6. Sew two parallel seams on the sewing machine, at 1−2 mm from the edges, securing the tape in place.

Method 2

  1. Cut off the teeth along 1.5−2 cm (5/8−3/4”) at the bottom edge of the zipper tape, leaving the tape intact. Make snips close to the teeth on both sides, cutting from the bottom edge upwards.
  2. Carefully remove the zipper teeth between the snips. Try not to damage the tape itself. Melt the ends with a lighter.
  3. Fold the corners of the zipper tape upwards, one at a time, to form a triangle. Cut off the excess or tuck it inside.
  4. Stitch along all the edges, securing the tape in place.

These two techniques will help you handle zipper ends quickly and easily without having to use any other materials.

More sewing tips on how to work with zippers are here:

How to sew a welt pocket with a hidden zipper

How to sew a zip-up collar